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National Council webinars present experts on key mental health and addictions topics, followed by meaningful Q&A with webinar participants.

Webinars are offered in the following tracks:

  • Addiction Disorders
  • Clinical Practice Improvement
  • Workforce Development
  • Compliance
  • Integration
  • Health Reform & Other Delivery/Payment System Changes
  • Trauma-informed Behavioral Health
  • Health IT & Treatment Technologies

The National Council does not offer continuing education credits or certificates of attendance for webinars.



Part 2: Emerging Compliance Hotspots for CCBHCs: Billing Medicaid

Date: Weds., Feb. 10, 2 PM ET
Presenter: Susannah Vance Gopalan, Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

When CCBHCs begin billing for services in Medicaid, they will encounter a new and complex set of requirements. Whereas most behavioral health providers now bill Medicaid on a fee schedule basis, CCBHCs will be paid according to a fixed amount per unit of service – the PPS rate. As a CCBHC, a behavioral health provider billing Medicaid will face additional scrutiny from payors and government agencies which will, in many cases, be more than the provider is accustomed to as a provider of services under a fee schedule.

In this webinar, we will review the requirements for billable visits under the PPS-1 and PPS-2 payment methodologies as described in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance on the CCBHC demonstration. We will also discuss the unique challenges that CCBHCs will face in managed care to ensure that they are represented in Medicaid managed care entity networks and fully reimbursed for CCBHC services.



Tips & Tools for Transforming the Tobacco Conversation

Date: Wed., February 24, 2:30 – 4:00pm ET
Presenters: Crystal Bruce, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC); John O’Rourke, CommuniCare, Inc.

We know that you are dedicated to helping the people you serve lead healthier lives and that helping them quit smoking is key to these efforts. Fortunately, tools and resources to support tobacco cessation are readily available. The CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers Campaign is a free tool that can help you support clients in quitting smoking for good. The newly-launched campaign features materials specifically for behavioral health providers and includes a story from “Rebecca”, a woman who smoked most of her life and who has depression.Join us for this webinar to learn about tools for tobacco transformation and how providers can utilize tools like the Tips Campaign to support clients in quitting smoking.

This webinar will:

  • Raise awareness of the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers Campaign and related tools  available to support smoking cessation.
  • Demonstrate how one community behavioral health provider has used the Tips from Former Smokers Campaign tools to help clients quit.
  • Provide additional resources that providers can tap into to help clients quit.


Part 3: Emerging Compliance Hotspots for CCBHCs: Care Coordination and Arrangements with Designated Collaborating Organizations

Date: Mon., Feb. 29, 2 PM ET
Presenter: Susannah Vance Gopalan, Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

Two key features of the CCBHC model are the requirements that:
  1. CCBHCs coordinate care with other community-based providers and social service agencies, and
  2. CCBHCs furnish a wide array of required behavioral health services, either directly or through formal referral arrangements with Designated Collaborating Organizations (DCOs).
This webinar will focus on the relationships that CCBHCs will forge in their communities with DCOs and other providers. We will discuss the types of CCBHC services that may be provided by DCOs; as well as the types of contractual arrangements that CCBHCs will need to pursue with DCOs to ensure clinical and financial responsibility. Furthermore, we will identify and discuss CCBHC precautions in order to protect organizations from various legal risks inherent in the DCO relationship.



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The National Council does not offer continuing education credits or certificates of attendance for webinars.

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