Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth Annual Autism Conference; Las Vegas, NV; 2015

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Special Event #1
CE Offered: BACB
CPT Training
Friday, January 23, 2015
7:30 AM–9:30 AM
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): billing procedures, CPT Training, insurance
Chair: Wayne W. Fisher (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)
CE Instructor: Wayne W. Fisher, Ph.D.

CPT Training


For the past several years, ABAI has been working with the American Medical Association to establish new billing procedures for ABA and related services for children and youth with autism. Recently, the AMA adopted Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Category III codes. The AMA codes recognize that applied behavior analysis (ABA) is an empirically supported and medically necessary intervention. Drs. Travis Thompson and Wayne Fisher, who were instrumental in the approval of these codes, will be the instructors for this training, which will explain the how the new codes define procedures and services performed by behavior analysts. Over time, the codes will result in systematic and standardized valuation of ABA services, as well as simplify and streamline the billing and collection processes for ABA services. These codes provide recognition from the American Medical Association that ABA is an empirically supported and medically necessary intervention; will improve access to ABA services for families of children with autism and severe behavior disorders; will reduce financial burdens on these families; will, over time, result in systematic and standardized valuation of ABA services; and will, over time, simplify and streamline the billing and collection processes for ABA services (e.g., facilitate electronic billing).

WAYNE W. FISHER (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Travis Thompson (University of Minnesota)
Wayne W. Fisher, Ph.D., is the H. B. Munroe Professor of Behavioral Research at the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is also the director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D), and a licensed psychologist. He was previously a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and served as executive director of the Neurobehavioral Programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore) and the Marcus Behavior Center at the Marcus Institute (Atlanta), where he built clinical research programs in autism and developmental disabilities with national reputations for excellence. Dr. Fisher's methodologically sophisticated research has focused on several intersecting lines, including preference, choice, and the assessment and treatment of autism and severe behavior disorders, which have been notable for the creative use of concurrent schedules of reinforcement; these have become more commonplace in clinical research primarily as a result of his influence. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed research studies in 28 different behavioral and/or medical journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychological Reports, American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Pediatrics, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and The Lancet. Dr. Fisher is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, a Fellow of ABAI, and a recipient of the Bush Leadership Award and the APA (Division 25) award for distinguished contributions to applied behavioral research.
Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, practitioners, and graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the training, participants should be able to: (1) explain how CPT codes are determined and how they work; (2) identify the components of a behavior identification assessment; and (3) describe the items that should be included in a pre-determination letter.
Keyword(s): billing procedures, CPT Training, insurance



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