Annual Executive C-Suite 1-Day Symposium – Presentation Information

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Harry Nelson, JD

Presentation Title: The Fight for Opioid Relief – Three Collaborative Initiatives That Will Prevail
Course Description: This plenary session will summarize three strategic initiatives for the healthcare industry that must be included in the fight for opioid relief. The initiatives include making Medication-Assisted Treatment (‘MAT’) funding inclusive of mandatory behavioral health counseling, providing education and resources to insure workplace wellness programs include substance use disorders, and the development of guidelines for evidence-based psychosocial treatment of opioid use disorders as well as training for behavioral health professionals. In support of these initiatives, the presentation will examine the most recent data relating to the United States opioid crisis and how the crisis challenges present- day healthcare services, the responses to the opioid crisis to date, and hypothesize about what responses are expected in the future. There is no known potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program.

Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • List three ways that the current national response to the opioid crisis is deficient in addressing the issue
  • Describe the impact of developing evidence-based psychosocial treatment standards for opioid use disorders

Pete Nielsen, MA, CADC-II

Presentation Title: California Legislative Update “Bills that impact our industry”
Course Description: This course will give participants an overview of the current legislative issues in California as they relate to substance use disorder treatment. Participants will learn how these affect their patients and themselves. Participants will learn how they can become involved with legislation to improve the quality of life of their patients. There is no known potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program.

Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Name two current legislative bills that impact substance use disorder treatment in California
  • Explain how the new laws around patient brokering affect the treatment facilities and practitioners in California

Stampp Corbin, MBA

Presentation Title: Clinical Documentation: Speaking the Language Of Each Payer
Course Description: Clinical documentation is a critical component in establishing medical necessity, as well as adherence to clinical standards (ASAM, DSM-5). Each payer has their own “language” to meet medical necessity and clinical standards. Students will learn how to speak these different “languages” to ensure reimbursement and to minimize claim denials. There is no known potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program.

Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Appropriately utilize unique Clinical Documentation requirements by payer
  • Describe key clinical requirements by payer
  • Create closed-loop UR documentation with therapists

Dr. Mel Pohl, MD

Presentation Title: Treating Chronic Pain During the Opioid Epidemic
Course Description: From 1999 to 2017, almost 218,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids. The prescription of, misuse, and addiction to these drugs have surpassed marijuana and are decimating a generation of Americans. Heroin use and overdoses deaths are on the rise as well. This epidemic was born in another epidemic: Chronic Pain. This session will review how we got to this point, the nature of the epidemic, pain treatment and addiction, and solutions for changing course at this crucial time. There is no known potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program.

Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe principles of chronic pain, including central nervous system processing and the brain’s response to pain and suffering
  • Identify the effects of emotional distress on increasing chronic pain
  • Discuss techniques to manage opioid dependence and the experience of recovery from chronic pain with clinical methods including mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Dr. Don Kurth, MD, MBA, MPA, DFASAM

Presentation Title: The Opioid Epidemic in America
Course Description: More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year; that is more than the entire Vietnam and Iraqi Wars combined. This course provides an overview of how the opioid epidemic evolved in America and also provides some insight into what can be done to stop it. There is no known potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program.

Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Explain how opioids differ from opiates
  • Describe how opioids work in the human brain
  • List one or more ways that Purdue Pharma contributed to the current opioid epidemic

Evan Amarni, MS, LAADC-CA

Presentation Title: Working with FEAR in the C-Suite
Course Description: This course provides an overview of how Fear can adversely affect the workplace. Attendees will learn how Fear functions in our lives including constructive and destructive responses and strategies to work through Fear. There is no known potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program.

Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • List the three responses to fear
  • Recite the message of fear

Elizabeth Irias, MS, LMFT & Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

Presentation Title: Improving Utilization Review Outcomes By Way of Integrated Outcome Measures
Course Description: As scrutiny from commercial insurers continues to heighten, collecting reimbursement from insurance providers remains a daunting and complicated pursuit. Utilization Review guru Elizabeth Irias, LMFT, and clinical systems expert Robert Scholz, LPCC, LMFT have collaborated to present solutions for prioritizing patient care by way of outcomes measures like Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) while improving Utilization Review outcomes. Attendees can expect to gain insight into how clinical documentation and integrated outcome measures directly impact the entire revenue cycle, from the front-line initial authorization requests to the bitter end in appeals via medical record reviews. Best practice strategies for protecting the long-term health of your business by appropriately integrating outcome measures will be discussed alongside first-hand experience from these treatment providers on the practical application of these concepts.

Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Provide one or more definitions for the term Medical Necessity
  • List two or more research findings that support the use of routine monitoring of the therapeutic alliance and outcomes
  • Describe how outcome measures contribute to the establishment of Medical Necessity in relation to Utilization Review

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