How to Bill Insurance in an Outpatient Setting

CAMFT Staff Attorney, Anastasia Johnson and former CAMFT Insurance and Healthcare Reform Committee member, Karen Ziccardi collaborated on producing this short video tutorial on how to bill insurance companies electronically. This short video provides a general overview on billing insurance electronically in an outpatient setting, and includes information on what you need to get started, how to fill out the CMS 1500 billing form, how to submit a claim online, and how to collect the payment.

How to Negotiate Higher Reimbursement Rates with Insurance Plans

by Anastasia Johnson, J.D., Staff Attorney
“This PowerPoint will be an overview and step-by-step guide to help you individually negotiate for higher rates with the insurance plans. The PowerPoint will go through a 6 step action plan and explain in detail what is required to help you negotiate for the increase you deserve.”


CAMFT Connects:  Panel on How to Build a Successful Practice Part 1

CAMFT Connects: “Successful Practices: How to Build One and How CAMFT Can Help” Presented by Stuart Kaplowitz LMFT, Casey Truffo LMFT, and Howard Spector, LMFT

CAMFT Connects:  Panel on How to Build a Successful Practice Part 2

Part 2 of CAMFT Connects: “Successful Practices: How to Build One and How CAMFT Can Help” Presented by Stuart Kaplowitz LMFT, Casey Truffo LMFT, and Howard Spector, LMFT
Overview of the Department of Managed Health Care and Help Center

An informative power point presentation about the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), a consumer protection agency, which protects the health care rights of more than 25 Million Californian’s by ensuring quality and timely access to health care.
Insurance and Your Practice

Insurance and Your Practice: What EVERY Therapist Needs to Know- Presented by Barbara Griswold, LMFT
Since 2014, Obamacare has brought insurance to millions of previously uninsured clients, and led Medi-Cal to open the door to MFTs and interns. But how might this and other changes in the insurance world affect you? Discover what every therapist should know about insurance, even if you n ever join an insurance plan.

This three-hour workshop offers a broad overview of legal, ethical and business planning issues for clinicians to consider when starting a private practice. Course content includes: Considering whether private practice is right for you; Anticipating start-up costs and ongoing expenses; Leasing/subleasing basics; Sole proprietorships vs. professional corporations; Obtaining a business license; Establishing procedures for intake, recordkeeping, record-storage and retention; Understanding the meaning of “Covered Entity” under HIPAA; Distinguishing your practice and developing areas of expertise; Key issues to consider when advertising; The use of a fictitious business name (“DBA”); The purpose of liability (“malpractice”) insurance; Setting fees /dealing with insurance; Contracting with insurance plans; Electronic billing of insurance claims; The use of “Super-bills”; Obtaining an “NPI” number; Accepting credit and debit cards; Utilizing practice management services, and related topics.

While therapists may shiver at the idea of an insurance plan reviewing a client's chart, records requests are happening more frequently, even to therapists who aren't affiliated with a healh plan. Without proper documentation of medical necessity for treatment, goals, and interventions, insurance may not cover necessary treatment. Attendees will learn how to write notes that will assist in treatment, as well as to meet the expectations of state law, professional ethics, licensing boards, and insurance plans, as well-written records can be a therapist's best defense.

The goal of private practitioners is to make a difference in their community — and make a healthy living doing so. What happens when the clinician is full? Seeing more clients sometimes leads to burnout. Referring them elsewhere can hurt referral relationships. One answer is to add clinicians (licensed or not) to the practice. Prensented by Casey Truffo, LMFT.

Key L&E Issues for Mental Health Professionals

Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, Staff Attorney, presents this six-hour workshop that focuses upon legal and ethical issues that have fundamental importance to psychotherapists.

Federal Antitrust Enforcement, What you Need to Know

Antitrust: What You Need to Know; Presented by Jonathan Epstein, United States Department of Justice--Antitrust Division

Using the Language of the Law to Salt & Pepper Your Treatment Records

Dave Jensen will review the four fundamentals of the psychotherapy profession. In addition, many clinicians struggle with the content of their treatment records. They wonder, “Should I write a lot? Should I write a little? What really needs to be in my records?”

Marketing for Mental Health Professionals; Presented by Ernesto Segismundo, Jr., MS, LMFT
Therapists in private practice can no longer ignore the effectiveness of marketing through video and social media. In order to have a successful marketing plan in this generation, therapists must learn how to utilize social media and video marketing. This workshop will help mental health professionals gain knowledge and skills pertaining to new technology and social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn. And most importantly, this workshop will also explore legal and ethical guidelines when marketing through social media as a mental health professional in the state of California.