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Conference Presentation: The Art of the Progress Note: Where Law & Ethics Meet Efficiency

  • Hyatt Regency Orange County 11999 Harbor Boulevard Garden Grove, CA, 92840 United States (map)

Beth is very excited to be presenting at the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists’s 2020 Annual Conference: “20 / 20 Vision: Advancing the Art and Science of Psychotherapy” at Hyatt Regency Orange County, which runs from April 30 – May 2, 2020.

Presentation Information:
This presentation offers key information about clinical documentation-related laws and standards of care that are often unknown to clinicians, and is designed to sharpen the clinical documentation skills of providers, thereby reducing liability risks and improving the quality of client care. Therapists are told time and time again that their notes are legal documents, yet they often receive very little training about what actually needs to be in them. Further, misunderstandings about the legal and ethical requirements for clinical documentation contribute to therapists making inadvertent documentation errors that can have significant consequences for them and for their clients. Clients have lost benefits like short-term disability and insurance treatment authorizations for due to clinical documentation oversights, and clinicians are at risk of licensure loss, criminal investigations, and medical negligence charges due to inadequate clinical documentation. The goal of this seminar is to provide succinct, clear guidance to clinicians in order to clear up misunderstandings and improve overall clinical documentation quality.

Learning Objectives:

1. List three legal or ethical implications of inadequate clinical documentation practices
2. Identify five important components of quality clinical documentation as they relate to Best Practice
3. Provide a general definition of the term ‘Medical Necessity’ as related to Clinical Documentation

For more information, please visit the CAMFT events website.