Articles by Legal Department Staff

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Articles by Sara Jasper, JD, Staff Attorney

 What Providers Need to Know About The Provider Directory Law (8/1/2017) 
   Providers and provider groups who are contracted with plans and insurers to offer behavioral health services must be aware of, and responsive to, plans and insurers attempts to verify their information in accordance with California’s provider direct
 Practice Guidelines for Psychotherapists Who Work in Schools (3/1/2017) 
   This article is part one of a three-part series which will discuss the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This first installment of the series provides an overview of FERPA.
 Ombudsman-Services-and-Other-Resources (11/1/2016) 
   This article provides information about the resources that are available to Medi-Cal providers and their clients.
 Help is Available for Providers (7/27/2016) 
   This article will give providers the information they need to assist consumers as well as themselves with pursuing complaints against health plans.
 Understanding- the Role of Collaterals in Psychotherapy (3/1/2016) 
   This article will assist therapists in identifying the legal issues related to the participation of collaterals in therapy
 Summary of Department of Managed Health Care's Consumer Provider Plan Agency Meeting (2/5/2016) 
   Summary by Sara Kashing, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney. October 23, 2015
 Coaching vs Therapy (7/1/2015) 
   CAMFT???s Legal Department routinely receives calls from pre-licensed and licensed members who want to better understand the differences between coaching and therapy and whether it is lawful and ethical for pre-licensees and licensees to provid
 Fee For Service Medi-Cal Provider (3/26/2015) 
   Fee-For-Service Medi-Cal Provider Enrollment Application Tips This article contains tips on how to successfully apply to become a Fee-For- Service provider with Medi-Cal.
 Insurance Update (3/2/2015) 
   Insurance Update, March/April 2015 by Sara Jasper, JD, Staff Attorney
 Managed Care Survey Results (2/2/2015) 
   Managed Care Survey Results. On October 16, 2014, CAMFT sent a Managed Care Survey to all of its 15,049 Clinical members. Learn what the results of the survey revealed.
 Pathways to Becoming a Medi-Cal Provider (2/2/2015) 
   This article demonstrates the different pathways available to LMFTs and Registered Interns who are interested in working with clients in the Medi-Cal behavioral health system.
 Healthcare Reform and the Future of the MFT Profession (11/3/2014) 
   Healthcare Reform and the Future of the MFT Profession
 How to Become a Fee For Service Medi Cal Provide (10/2/2014) 
   How to Become a Free-For-Service Medi-Cal Provider by Sara Jasper JD, Staff Attorney
 CAMFTs Advocacy Efforts and Managed Care (9/21/2014) 
   CAMFT's Advocacy Efforts and Managed Care
 Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California (3/1/2014) 
   Details on the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California by Sara Jasper, JD, Staff Attorney
 Information for Collaterals (9/1/2013) 
   Psychotherapists who permit or invite third parties to participate in therapeutic sessions for purposes of furthering a patient???s therapeutic process should consider providing those third parties with information regarding the therapist???s practic
 Charging Trainees and Intern Employees for Supervision Part 1 (7/1/2013) 
   Part 1: Charging Trainees and Intern Employees for Supervision By Sara Jasper, Staff Attorney
 Survey Offers Important Information About CAMFT Members' Experiences with Outpatient Treatment (5/1/2013) 
   By Sara Jasper, JD, Staff Attorney
 Private Child Custody Evaluator Requirements (11/1/2012) 
   By Sara Kashing, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney
 Neither You Nor Your Business Associates Can Afford to be Lax About Complying with HIPAA Requirement (7/1/2012) 
   If you are a considered a Covered Entity for purposes of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (???HIPAA???) and you have ???Business Associates??? as defined by HIPAA, you will want to read on to ensure that neither you nor your
 Basic Training in Medi-Cal Documentation (5/1/2012) 
   By Sara Jasper, JD, Staff Attorney This article is intended to serve as a basic training for therapists who provide mental health services through county MHPs.
 What Therapists Should Know About Incident-To and Second Party Payer Medicare Reimbursements (4/1/2012) 
   What Therapists Should Know About Incident-To and Second Party Payer Medicare Reimbursements by Sara Jasper, JD, Staff Attorney