Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #288
CE Offered: BACB
Documenting Medical Necessity and Determining Levels of Applied Behavior Analysis Services for Children With ASD
Sunday, May 28, 2017
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 2/3
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Brian Lopez, Ph.D.
Chair: Brian Lopez (JumpStart Autism Center)
ALLISON BARTSCH (JumpStart Autism Center)
JENNA GALLEGOS (JumpStart Autism Center)
BRIAN LOPEZ (JumpStart Autism Center)

Commercial insurance companies and state Medicaid agencies are starting to deny prior authorization requests because Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) providers are not adequately documenting the medical necessity of the service they are requesting. The problem is that ABA services for individuals with Autism Spectrums Disorder (ASD) have been traditionally viewed as habilitative or educational and not rehabilitative; therefore, a diagnosis of ASD may not be sufficient for an insurance company to adequately document the medical necessity of ABA services. Few behavior analysts are trained through a medical model, which can limit their understanding of what is needed to fully document medically necessity of ABA services. The panelists will help review standards on how to: 1) determine if ABA services are medically necessary, 2) document a clients level of care based on medical necessity, 3) develop and reflect treatment goals that address the medical necessity of services, and 4) present a prior authorization that fully documents the medical necessity of ABA services for your clients.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): assessment, Insurance, medical necessity, prior authorizations



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