REGISTRATION CLOSED “Insurance and Healthcare Reform: What Every Therapist Should Know” with Barbara Griswold, LMFT

  • February 01, 2014
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Health Education Center Samuel Merritt University, 400 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland


  • Intern, Trainee, and Student fee
  • EB CAMFT member fee
  • Non-Member fee
“Insurance and Healthcare Reform: What Every Therapist Should Know” with Barbara Griswold, LMFT

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
10 am to 1 pm
3 CEUs

Location: Health Education Center at Samuel Merritt University,
400 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland

Cost:  $40 for EB-CAMFT members; $30 interns, trainees and students; $50 for non-members
Payment is at the door by check or cash only.  
Pre-registration (without payment) is appreciated: 
 include name, e-mail address, and phone.
At-the-door registration also permitted.

Course Description:

With all the recent changes that have come with healthcare reform, this is a must-attend workshop for insurance veterans and novices alike, even if you don’t accept insurance. What will healthcare reform mean for therapists and our clients?  What’s new about the brand new CMS-1500 claim form?  

What you don't know can hurt you and your clients;  it is important to be informed, so you can best advocate for the treatment your clients need. 

From this workshop, you will learn:

·      An overview of the Affordable Care Act, and what it will mean for therapists

·      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

·      The most costly mistake therapists make with insurance

·      An introduction to the NEW CMS-1500 CLAIM FORM

·      (Time permitting): The secret to successful requests for more sessions and telephone treatment reviews

·      Note: we will not be discussing the DSM-5 in this workshop

 There will also be a brief presentation on Single Payer health insurance by members of Therapists for Single Payer.

Instructor 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 (  In private practice in San Jose, California, she has been a provider for more than 20 insurance plans for over 20 years.  She has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and for “Psychotherapy Finances” magazine.  A proud 29-year member of CAMFT, she recently joined the State Board of Directors.  Barbara invites you to contact her at with your insurance questions and problems or to sign up for her free monthly insurance e-newsletter for therapists.

*Parking: Allow extra time to park, as we need to start on time.  Because of construction, street parking around Pill Hill may be limited.  The local garages charge $18/day and do not take credit cards. Use Merritt or Providence Garages; see map below. Your goal on the map is 'HEC"  (Health Education Center). 


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