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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #429
CE Offered: BACB
ABA, Autism, and Value-Based Care: A Pilot Project
Monday, May 25, 2020
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 2, Room 202B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Hanna C. Rue, Ph.D.
Chair: Hanna C. Rue (LEARN Behavioral)

This panel provides an overview of value-based healthcare and the rationale for using norm-referenced and criterion- referenced assessments in ABA. All panelists are involved in a pilot project to measure the impact of applied behavior analytic treatment for individuals with autism. During the last two decades, heated debates have erupted among professionals within applied behavior analysis (ABA) regarding how to appropriately measure a client’s response to treatment. There remains a lack of consensus among behavior analysts regarding the use of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced measures. However, much of the healthcare industry is moving toward a value-based care approach. Behavior analysts working with healthcare funders are in a position to lead the discussion regarding outcome measures. Panelists will discuss the use of a battery of assessments implemented over a two-year span in a community-based setting. Finally, panelists will highlight the rationale for assessments included in the pilot project, challenges regarding staff training, development of systems to manage data collection, and analysis of the impact on service delivery.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audience is BCBAs providing services or overseeing the provision of services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to discuss the rationale for using norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessments in ABA service delivery for individuals with autism. 2. Participants will be able to describe elements of BCBA training required to effectively utilize norm-referenced assessments when working in a community-based setting. 3. Participants will be able to describe how outcomes from assessments not traditionally used in ABA service delivery can improve the quality of treatment plans.
Keyword(s): outcome measures, value-based care



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