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2-Part Professional Affairs Update: Teletherapy (3CE) and CPT Codes (3CE)
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A Two-Part Professional Affairs Update presented by MPA's Director of Professional Affairs, Jennifer B. Warkentin, Ph.D. Dr. Warkentin will present two 3CE workshops on (1) Teletherapy and (2) Documentation, Recordkeeping and CPT Codes. Register here for one or both events! Each event is $75 for Members, $55 for Life Members, $35 for Student Members, $100 for Non-Members, or $50 for Non-Member Students. Sustaining Members ALWAYS receive 50% off their registration fee!

When: Friday, 6/15/18
9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center
55 Ariadne Drive
Dedham, Massachusetts  02026
United States
Presenter: Jennifer B. Warkentin, Ph.D., MPA Director of Professional Affairs
Contact: Lynne Casey
781-263-0080 ext 10

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Register for one or both events!


Friday, June 15th, 2018 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center - Dedham, MA
(directions available here)



Friday, June 15th, 2018 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center - Dedham, MA
(directions available here)



$75 for MPA Members - $55 for Life Members - $35 for Student Members
$100 for Non-Members - $50 for Non-Member Students*
(Online Registration is not available for non-member students, please use this form)


About Session One:

How to Add Teletherapy to Your Practice: Setting it up, Managing Risk, and Working with Insurance (3CE)

This presentation provides an introduction into the practical elements and legal/ethical issues involved in adding teletherapy to an existing clinical practice.  While there has been greater emphasis on educating psychologists about the efficacy and outcome research on teletherapy, there are fewer resources for psychologists in existing practices to tackle the practical challenges related to adding teletherapy to their list of services.  This training will build on the evidence-based knowledge psychologists have about the efficacy and effectiveness of teletherapy and provide the necessary practical knowledge to assist them in incorporating teletherapy into their practice.  Participants will be taught about important considerations related to interjurisdictional licensing, HIPAA-related privacy concerns, changes to informed consent, and other risk management strategies, so that they can continue to operate within the bounds of our Ethics Code and Massachusetts laws and regulations as they work to adopt this practice.  Finally, other practical knowledge will be included, such as choosing the necessary equipment and software platforms, how to set up the equipment to maximize their therapeutic effectiveness, considerations for billing insurance for teletherapy.

Upon completion of this event, participants will be able to:

Describe relevant telehealth practice guidelines for psychologists.

Summarize health plan coverage and payment issues.

Recognize interjurisdictional licensing issues.

Summarize common ethical, legal, and regulatory aspects of telehealth practice.


About Session Two:

Achieving Compliance with Documentation Standards, Recordkeeping Requirements, and Appropriate Use of CPT Codes (3CE)

This presentation will focus on best practices and current standards for documenting assessment and treatment services to ensure that records meet state and federal privacy/security requirements.  Participants will also be updated on the most common health plan requirements for documenting assessment and treatment services and learn how to minimize time spent preparing records for audits by health plans and managed care organizations.  Finally, participants will learn how to ethically and appropriately maximize reimbursement for their services by reviewing the CPT codes available to psychologists, relevant modifiers to these CPT codes, as well as guidelines and restrictions for using them.

Upon completion of this event, participants will be able to:

List information that should be present in documentation of assessment and treatment services.

Summarize how to structure their records to facilitate timely responses to audits.

Understand which CPT codes apply to their clinical work and when and how to bill appropriately.


About the Presenter

Jennifer Warkentin, Ph.D. is the Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) for the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  Her work includes providing professional consultations and educational materials to members, participating in various behavioral health task forces and workgroups, and engaging in legislative, regulatory, and health plan advocacy efforts.  She also has a private practice specializing in the treatment and assessment of older adults.



This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note that this event must be attended in its entirety in order to receive credit.  Partial credit will not be granted, no exceptions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Fee minus $30 administrative charge if cancelled 5 or more business days prior to event.  No refund if cancelled less than 5 business days before event. 

This continuing education event is appropriate for psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed social workers and other licensed mental health professionals, though credit is only available to psychologists.  Please contact MPA if you have questions.





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