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Healthcare Reform and Insurance: What EVERY Therapist Should Know

  • 14 Nov 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • California Citrus State Historic Park, Sunkist Center, 9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside, CA 92516


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This entertaining presentation addresses what EVERY therapist should know about insurance, especially in light of the sweeping changes going on right now with healthcare reform, recent parity laws, a new claim form, and changing diagnosis codes.  Even if you never sign a plan contract, what you don't know can hurt you and your clients, so it is important to be informed in this ever-changing arena.In this economy, clients need therapists who accept their insurance, and insurance clients can fill your empty therapy slots.  But must working with insurance mean fee discounts, limited sessions, mountainous paperwork, and compromising confidentiality?


From this workshop, you will learn:

  • An overview of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for clients – and you
  • 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
  • The tricks for writing successful treatment requests (Medical Necessity Criteria)
  • The pros and cons as well as the myths and realities of participation
  • How to join insurance plans, and how to get on even if they are “full”

Barbara Griswold, MFT, is the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist's Complete Guide to Working with Insurance -- And Whether You Should (  The book’s 5th edition was released in May 2014.  In private practice in San Jose, CA, Barbara is also is an instructor at JFK University, Santa Clara University, and Gerry Grossman Seminars, teaching insurance seminars.  She provides phone consultations to therapists with insurance questions and problems, and invites you to contact her at with your questions, or to sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter.

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