Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W25
CE Offered: BACB
Navigating the 10th Circle of Hell: A Road Map to Writing Medically Necessary Treatment Plans
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Grand Suite 3, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: William Tim Courtney, M.S.
WILLIAM TIM COURTNEY (Little Star Center), VINCENT LAMARCA (Little Star Center), BREANNE K. HARTLEY (Little Star Center ), MARY ROSSWURM (Little Star Center)
Description: Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are very well-trained in the implementation of procedures that are conceptually systematic and evidence based. Even if you have an intervention with several peer reviewed studies, if it is not presented to the insurance company, highlighting the medical necessity, then it will not be funded. In this workshop, we cover an equally necessary component to intervention that is often neglected in BCBA training activities: writing treatment plans that are based upon medical necessity. The presenters will review strategies for evaluating diagnostic reports as well as assessment probes to provide sufficient justification for areas targeted for intervention. The presenters will discuss developing goals specifically addressing symptoms and impairments directly related to an autism diagnosis. The workshop will review discharge and transition planning, as well as determining the intensity of intervention. Workshop attendees will be provided with a treatment plan template. The treatment planning process presented in this workshop has resulted in the approval of countless hours of insurance-funded comprehensive ABA intervention for individuals with autism. The organization has been in effect for over 10 years, practicing in a state with mandated ABA coverage.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) define medical necessity; (2) create goals and objectives directly related to symptoms and impairments related to an autism diagnosis; (3) describe the necessary components of a comprehensive treatment plan, to include background, progress, transition, discharge, and recommendations; (4) discuss factors to consider when determining the intensity of ABA services.
Activities: The workshop will follow a behavior skills training format. The presenters will provide instructions and model relevant behavior. The attendees will complete activities to demonstrate competency in key areas of the treatment planning process. The workshop consists of both lecture and small group activities.
Audience: This workshop is designed for all levels of practitioner. The workshop covers basic strategies, such as headings and formatting of the treatment plan, to more advanced topics like translating verbal behavior targets into medically necessary ones.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ABA Practice, Autism, Treatment planning



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