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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W22
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
CANCELED: A Behavioral Practitioner's Guide the Practice and Ethics of Providing Home-Based Treatment Supported by Healthcare Mandates to Families Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Lucerne I, Swissotel
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Steven Woolf, Ph.D.
STEVEN WOOLF (Beacon ABA Services), CHRISTIAN BENAVIDES (Beacon ABA Services), KELLEY HENRY (Beacon ABA Services), COLLEEN DEMELLO (Beacon Services of CT)
Description: This workshop is designed to guide behavior analysts through the process of obtaining third party health care funding to provide home-based ABA therapy for families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The workshop will also explore and address some of the most common ethical issues practitioners of ABA services encounter when providing home-based treatment and working under the prevue of health care funding. First, the presenters shall complete a historical overview and clinical justification of health insurance mandates relative to the treatment of ASD and identify legal components associated with providing home-based/community-based ABA services supported by health insurance services. The workshop will provide problem-solving strategies for negotiating with insurance companies. Finally, the workshop will address the ethical issues commonly encounter by home-based behavioral professionals. These ethical issues include best practices to address the supervision of paraprofessional staff, appropriate discharge and termination of cases, potential fraudulent billing, school consultation, documentation of services, and maintaining of clinical records.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) describe the ten most frequent ethical dilemmas that home-based ABA practitioners encounter; (2) work in small groups to problem solve the best practice methods for resolving the common ethical dilemmas encounter by ABA home-based practitioners; (3) name the four key components of federal law and state mandates when assessing ASD treatment legislation; (4) state the three key differences between the DSM-IV and DSM-V relative to the diagnosis of ASD; (5) describe the five key elements to successful negotiation with insurance companies and developing a positional standpoint; (6) identify the differences between procedure and CPT codes used by health insurance providers to fund ABA services; (7) write client-specific goals/objectives that permit health insurance service care coordinators to approve ABA treatment.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a various methods including lecture, guided practice, and small and large group discussions. Timeline breakdown: 1.5 hours of lectureand 1.5 hour of small group discussion identifying essential elements in behavioral assessments and concurrent reviews required for health provider funding, and on ethical questions relevant to delivering best practice services within the bounds of insurance mandated guidelines.
Audience: This workshop is designed for BACB certificants, licensed behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, behavior analysts and supervisors who are currently providing or supervising those who provide home-based or community-based ABA treatment to children and families affected by ASD.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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