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Workshop: Health Care Reform and Insurance: What Every Therapist Should Know, Presented by Barbara Griswold, LMFT

  • Sat, September 27, 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Room 201, Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94920


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Saturday, September 27, 9:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Health Care Reform and Insurance: What Every Therapist Should Know

Presented by Barbara Griswold, LMFT

With healthcare reform, more clients now have coverage, and they want therapists who accept their insurance.  But what does the Affordable Care Act mean for our practices?  And what’s new about the new CMS-1500 claim form?  Must working with insurance mean fee discounts, limited sessions, mountainous paperwork, and micromanagement of treatment? 

Keeping up with all the changes in the insurance field isn't easy.  This entertaining presentation addresses what EVERY therapist should know, even if you don’t work with insurance. What you don't know can hurt you and your clients, so it is important to be informed.

From this workshop, you will learn:

  • What you and your clients need to know about the Affordable Care Act
  • How to turn first-time callers into new clients – even if you aren’t on their health plan.
  • The 12 Crucial Questions to ask when checking coverage to avoid denials
  • How to join insurance plans, even if they are “full”
  • Line-by-line claim instructions to the NEW CMS-1500 CLAIM FORM
  • The secret to fighting care denials – understanding medical necessity
  • Understanding  HMOs, EAPs,  EPOs, PPOs, and POSs  -- and why it matters to you

Note: this workshop will not cover DSM-5 changes


Barbara Griswold, LMFT, is the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist's Complete Guide to Working with Insurance -- And Whether You Should, recently released in its fifth edition.  In private practice in San Jose, California, she has been a provider for more than 20 insurance plans for over 20 years.  She writes a free monthly insurance e-newsletter for therapists, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and for Psychotherapy Finances magazine.   A proud 29 year member of CAMFT, she previously served on the CAMFT Ethics Committee, and now serves on the CAMFT Board of Directors.  Barbara enjoys providing phone consultations to therapists nationwide with insurance questions and problems, and invites you to contact her at

  • Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Location: Room 201, Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94920 
  • Continuing Education Units: 3
    • 3.5 CEUs will be provided for LMFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs by Marin CAMFT (CE Provider # 528) as authorized by the California Bureau of Behavioral Sciences.
    • 3.5 CEUS for psychologists and RNs will be provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, which is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide CE for psychologists, and by the California Board of Nursing. For more information, contact David Lukoff, PhD at or at 707 763 3576   
  • Cost
    • Marin CAMFT Member $59        
    • Non-Member   $69         
    • Prelicensed $29

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