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Webinar: Integrating Medical Necessity into Clinical Documentation



When: June 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Where:  Online Event


Too often, medically-necessary and clinically-justified care is denied for substance abuse and behavioral health patients, which managed care providers defend with the phrase, "Patient did not meet Medical Necessity criteria for the requested service." Isn't it time to arm yourself with information and processes that may help you better advocate for your clients? In collaboration with the American Addiction Treatment Association Integrating Medical Necessity into Clinical Documentation is a comprehensive presentation that is geared at increasing understanding of the ever-changing definition of Medical Necessity and improving your clinical documentation practices as they relate to Medical Necessity. This webinar presentation also offers clinicians and administrators insight about how integrating Medical Necessity into documentation processes can improve the quality of care delivered to patients with co-occurring disorders. This course is designed for mental health professionals and administrators who provide care to individuals who have co-occurring disorders, as well as for mental health professionals who engage in Utilization Review-type administrative activities. This webinar presentation will cover the following topics:


  • A brief overview of the term 'Medical Necessity'
  • Strategies for clinicians about how to conceptualize Medical Necessity and integrate it into different clinical documentation components
  • Important points to remember for all progress notes, such as documentation of safety issues, writing in a neutral and clinically-appropriate tone, and tips for integrating client quotes




Elizabeth Irias LMFTElizabeth Irias, LMFT is a warm, tenacious, and detail-oriented licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, with specializations in Utilization Review, Clinical Management, and Quality Assurance.  As a consultant, Elizabeth works closely with clinical teams to improve their quality of care and documentation practices.  Her high-level clinical work comes from her passion to improve the quality of care for mental health patients, and she feels strongly that streamlining administrative processes can lead to an improvement in the patient’s treatment experience and the resulting outcome.  She also operates a private practice in Westlake Village where she provides adolescent/young adult therapy, family therapy, and addictive disorder treatment.  In addition, Elizabeth conducts personalized, targeted presentations for educational institutions and area mental health and legal providers as a CAMFT CEPA-approved CE provider, and is a professor in the Graduate Psychology Department at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Visit IriasTherapy.com to learn more about her work. 




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American Addiction Treatment Association
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Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Elizabeth Irias, LMFT
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Westlake Villiage, CA 91362
(805) 996-0604


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