From Chaos to Clarity: Unleashing the Power of the Golden Thread in Treatment Planning
Many psychotherapists experience “documentation anxiety” because they were not trained in graduate school in how to document according to medical necessity standards. As a result, they can feel at the mercy of insurance companies, spending an enormous amount of time justifying treatment, fighting rejected insurance claims, fearing, or preparing for audits, writing disability reports, defending themselves in a board complaint, and losing income. Paperwork often seems unrelated to being clinically useful. Treatment plans, in particular, are often generic, not client centered, and avoided. This...Read more leaves the clinician vulnerable to financial loss if records are audited, or to legal, ethical, or professional issues in case of a board complaint.
In this webinar, we will discuss how good treatment planning supports good clinical practice, justifies medical necessity, facilitates getting authorizations, and helps mental health professionals and clinics pass insurance audits and protect themselves in case of a board complaint, and thus saving thousands of dollars in potential recoupments and lost productivity. Knowing how to develop a treatment plan to medical necessity standards contributes to a marked reduction in documentation anxiety, better clinical outcomes and increased job satisfaction. Less...
- Determine how to translate clinical skill and intuition into the behavioral language required for mental health documentation.
- Name 1 question to ask the client to co-create a treatment plan.
- Employ the Golden Thread in treatment planning to help justify medical necessity.
- All Levels
Friday, October 27, 2023
11:00 AM EDT - 02:15 PM EDTRegister for this Webinar
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About the speaker
Beth Rontal, LICSW
Beth was instrumental in developing the clinic’s first electronic documentation system that significantly reduced documentation time and errors. After the implementation of this system, the transformation from error laden to accurate record keeping saved the clinic thousands of dollars, reduced time spent writing notes, which enabled clinicians to see more clients without spending more time working.
Beth’s Documentation Wizard® training program empowers clinicians, reduces anxiety about documentation, and furthers professional integrity. It simplifies the documentation process by systematically linking effective documentation to quality care. This helps to pass audits and protect income.
Beth writes blogs on clinical documentation, co-chairs the NASW Private Practice Shared Interest Group, and has a private practice in Brookline, MA specializing in working with people who struggle with emotional eating. Her other interests include writing and performing cabarets and her current one-woman show called, “My Mother’s Daughter.”
11:00am - 11:45am ET Decoding Mental Health Documentation: Key Concepts and Definitions
- Documentation through the lens of medical necessity.
- “The Golden Thread” as the key element to justifying medical necessity.
- Documentation as a contribution to good clinical work.
- Documentation as protection of income and agent of professional integrity.
11:45am - 12:00pm ET The Formula for Creating a Personalized Treatment Plan Aligned with Federal Guidelines
- Administrative requirements
- Clinical requirements
12:00pm ET - 12:15pm ET Break
12:15pm ET - 2:15pm ET
- Operationalizing the presenting problem.
- How to use behavioral language in a treatment plan even when you don’t use CBT
- 2 key questions for therapist and client in co-creating a treatment plan.
- How to operationalize the Presenting Problem
- Creating realistic and personalized goals: the ideal and the reality.
- The distinction between goals and objectives and why it's important.
- Developing measurable objectives.
- Identifying interventions
- Defining Barriers to Treatment and how they affect the treatment plan.
- Evaluating and documenting progress.
- Evaluating and documenting prognosis.
- Protecting client and therapist with a risk assessment.
- Practice writing a treatment plan based on pre-recorded interview.
- When and how often to write a treatment plan
- Avoiding Burnout
CE Information - Earn 3 CE Credit Hours
American Psychological Association
Association of Social Work Boards
National Board for Certified Counselors
New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
New York Education Department Board for Licensed Psychoanalysts
New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology
New York State Education Department's State Board for Marriage and Family Therapy
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