Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W43
CE Offered: BACB
How to Use Electronic Medical Records to Optimize Behavior Analytic Practice
Friday, May 28, 2010
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Crockett C/D (Grand Hyatt)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Louis Hagopian, Ph.D.
DANIELLE SUTTON THORP (Butterfly Effects, LLC), CHARLOTTE FUDGE (Butterfly Effects, LLC)
Description: In February 2009, President Obama proposed a goal to make all health records electronic by 2014. As such, the future success of the behavior analytic practice rests on the ability of the provider to become educated on how to incorporate electronic medical records (EMRs) into the service delivery paradigm. The benefits of the EMR system to the behavior analyst are many. First, the electronic storage of assessment and treatment data is expected to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, thereby improving treatment outcome. In addition, the 24/7 data accessibility feature of the EMR enables the practitioner to carefully monitor client progress and make timely treatment modifications. The EMR also has the potential to improve accountability to quality intervention by increasing service delivery visibility. Finally, it is anticipated that the EMR will streamline the billing and scheduling process. This half-day workshop will introduce EMR management systems, including one developed by the presenters, specifically designed for the needs of the behavior analytic practitioner. The workshop will highlight the utility of the EMR in building a virtual treatment team network, selecting therapy goals and corresponding treatment plans, facilitating provider education and training, monitoring client progress, and analyzing outcome data.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. be able to identify the importance of the EMR in interdisciplinary collaboration; 2. possess a working knowledge of how to use an EMR system to select goals, set treatment plans, and monitor progress of the behavior therapy client; and 3. understand requirements of federal regulatory bodies as they apply to the EMR system.
Activities: The workshop will open with an overview of EMRs and their importance in the future of health care delivery and interdisciplinary collaboration. Through guided notes and case example, participants will learn to identify the impact of the EMR to clinical practice, as well as federal regulations that guide their use. Live demonstrations will review navigation of several virtual systems with accompanying instructional handouts. For mastery of the platforms and its tools, breakout sessions will be organized for an in depth systems management overview, including attributes of data gathering and analyses for clients. Participants will be given opportunities to practice skills in sample accounts, while receiving feedback from trainers.
Audience: This workshop is designed for the clinician or researcher who want to learn how to use EMRs for the purpose of data collection, analysis, multidisciplinary collaboration, and administrative tasks.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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