Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W3
CE Offered: BACB
Is Your Team Audit Ready? Preparing Your Agency for Internal Clinical and Operational Audits
Thursday, May 26, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 156B
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Melissa L. Olive, Ph.D.
MELISSA L. OLIVE (Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education), STEPHEN WOOD (Cultivate Behavior Management Corporation )
Description: This workshop will focus on preparing ABA agencies for clinical and operational audits. A third- party stakeholder could request an audit of various ABA records at any time. These record requests could be used to determine if billing for ABA services is appropriate, if supervision of a Trainee has occurred appropriately, or if an RBT is receiving the 5% supervision as required by the BACB (and many more!). The larger an ABA agency becomes, the greater the likelihood that an audit will occur. This workshop will define internal clinical and operational audits as well as identify steps agencies can take to ensure their company is audit ready. Participants will learn how to mitigate risk when documenting ABA services, billing ABA services, and providing supervision of ABA services to RBTs, BCaBAs, and Trainees. Extensive handouts will be provided and ample time for question and answer will be allowed.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to describe the difference between a clinical and operational audit. 2. Participants will be able to describe the risk associated with documenting and billing for ABA services. 3. Participants will be able to identify how regular on-going internal audits can mitigate risk for ABA companies. 4. Participants will develop a plan for conducting clinical and operational audits in their own ABA companies. 5. Participants will discuss strategies for storing and gathering records when an audit has been requested.
Activities: The primary content will be delivered through lecture. Work samples will be provided to guide participants through examples. Breakout groups will be utilized to practice clinical and operational audits. Detailed handouts and examples will be provided.
Audience: BCBAs, Business owners, BCBAs considering ownership
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ABA Business, Audits, Record Requests, Risk



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