Barbara Griswold: "Insurance and Healthcare Reform: What EVERY Therapist Should Know" SGV Networking Brunch & Presentation

  • Sat, November 15, 2014
  • 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • San Gabriel Country Club - 350 East Hermosa Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91775


  • A licensed member of SGV CAMFT.
  • Licensed members of nearby regional chapters of CAMFT.
  • Allied professional not currently a member of our chapter or nearby chapter.
  • MFT Interns or Associate CW's, or students/Trainees who are not yet members of our chapter.
  • A pre-licensed member of SGV CAMFT or another CAMFT chapter.
"Insurance and Healthcare Reform: What EVERY Therapist Should Know"

SGV-CAMFT Networking Brunch and Presentation

By Barbara Griswold, LMFT

With healthcare reform, more clients now have insurance coverage, and will want therapists who accept their insurance. But what does the Affordable Care Act mean for our practices? Even if you don’t work with insurance directly, what you don't know can hurt you and your clients, so it is important to be informed. This entertaining presentation will answer all your questions about working with insurance, even if you never sign an insurance contract.

From this workshop, you will learn:

  • What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, and how it may affect you

  • How to turn first-time callers into new clients – even if you aren’t on their health plan.

  • The 12 Crucial Questions to ask when checking coverage to avoid denials

  • How to join insurance plans, even if they are “full”

  • Line-by-line claim instructions to the NEW CMS-1500 CLAIM FORM

  • The secret to successful requests more treatment

  • Understanding HMOs, EAPs, EPOs, PPOs, and POSs -- and why it matters

  • The myths and realities of life as a network provider

  • Some surprises for out of network therapists

Note: this workshop will not discuss the DSM-5


This course will help the participant:

  • Get an overview of changes and health plans offered by the Affordable Care Act, and how this legislation might affect both client treatment and the way therapists practice

  • Observe how to handle all aspects of a client's insurance as illustrated via case example

  • Identify what it means to become a network provider, and the steps to take to join provider panels.

  • Get an introduction to medical necessity criteria, and tips regarding how to talk to insurance plan care reviewers when advocating for continuing client treatment

  • Understand how to check coverage and complete insurance claims to avoid claim denials that can lead to disruption of treatment   

Registration Closed.
Limited walk-in available.

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014
8:45 am - 9:30 am Registration/Breakfast/Sponsor/
9:30 am - 1:30pm Presentation 
Registration includes: Breakfast, Dedicated Table for Members Marketing Material and 4.0 CEU hours (PCE #295).
Licensed Members $50
Licensed Members LA, SFV, IE, OC $50
Non-Members, Licensed $60
Pre-licensed/Students $40
 Pre-licensed, Non-Members  $45
Dress Code: No Jeans per San Gabriel Country Club's guidelines.
Location: San Gabriel Country Club
350 East Hermosa Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91775
(click here for a map)

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Cancellation Notice and Policy

  • Cancellation notices may be sent to Natasha Morisawa at or 626-321-5869 NO LATER THAN 72 hours PRIOR to the event.
  • Requests for special consideration due to illness or emergencies can not be honored as the Chapter must pay for all lunches ordered.
  • Thank you for your understanding, we'll see you there!

Speaker's Bio:

Barbara Griswold, MFT, is the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist's Complete Guide to Working with Insurance -- And Whether You Should (, recently released in its 5th edition. In private practice in San Jose, California, Barbara has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and for Psychotherapy Finances magazine, and her articles have appeared in The Therapist magazine. She has provided over 50 trainings for therapists on insurance, and writes a free monthly e-newsletter. Barbara enjoys providing phone consultations and coaching to therapists who have insurance or practice-building questions, and invites you to contact her at

Registration Closed. 

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