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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.

Building Partnerships to Reduce Tobacco Use Among People with Addictions

Date: Mon., July 25, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

In 2015, the National Council launched the Wellness and Recovery Learning Community an eight-month initiative comprised of seven Florida-based addictions provider organizations and programs to support providers in developing and implementing evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies for people with addictions. Eight months later, all have gone tobacco free or have processes in place to help their clients lead a tobacco free life. Three organizations from this learning community have offered to share their experiences with you. Join us on Monday, July 25th from 2:00-3:30 pm EST for the Building Partnerships to Reduce Tobacco Use Among People with Addictions webinar and hear your peers reflect on their experiences going tobacco-free, best practices and lessons learned in integrating tobacco cessation into addictions settings, and progress to date.

Growth Strategies for Your Organization: Grow Big, Grow Smart

Date: Tue., July 26, 2016, 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET

Building off the core elements of organizational growth discussed during part one of the Go Big or Go Home financing webinar series, “Growth Strategies for Your Organization: Grow Big, Grow Smart” will provide participants the opportunity to hear from CEOs as they describe their successful strategies. Webinar presenters will discuss their specific growth approaches, such as mergers and acquisitions, expansion to broader populations via integrated care and new models, and broadened scope of services.

Creating the Strategy, Structure & Process for CCBHC Quality Reporting

Date: Fri., July 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

To improve behavioral health and physical health outcomes, states are exploring several options for quality reporting for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Take a deep dive into quality reporting and understand the workflow and technological changes that are necessary to accommodate this new requirement. Engage in a breakdown of the components of quality measures to better prepare your organization to track health improvement.

MACRA 101: An Introduction to MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and its Impact on Medicare Part B Reimbursement

Date: Thu., August 4, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

The National Council read the 962-page MACRA rule so you don’t have to. This one hour webinar focuses on MACRA’s proposed quality payment program, which completely overhauls how Medicare Part B clinicians will be paid starting in 2017. Join us for an overview of the proposed rule, and its expected impact on behavioral health care providers.

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Survival Guide

Date: Thu., August 11, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

What do you get when you combine the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-based Payment Modifier and Meaningful Use? MIPS! It is anticipated that most behavioral health Medicare Part B providers will be subject to MIPS in 2017. Join the National Council for this one-hour webinar to understand the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s new quality payment program and what your behavioral health organization can do now to prepare for its implementation in 2017.

PQRS & MIPS in the Real World: Three Organizations Share Their Experiences

Date: Tue., August 16, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Now you understand MIPS, but what are behavioral health organizations doing now to prepare for its implementation? Join the National Council for this one-hour webinar and hear how three behavioral health organizations participated in PQRS, the challenges they faced, and how they’re applying the lessons they learned to prepare for MIPS in 2017.

State Best Practices in Developing and Implementing Integrated Health Care

Date: Weds., August 24, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

NASMHPD, sponsored by SAMHSA, will present a webinar on integrated health in hopes to continue to provide assistance to states in working through challenges to better serve the holistic health needs of consumers. Laura Galbreath (Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, National Council for Behavioral Health) will provide information on state legislation and regulatory changes that facilitate the integration of primary care services for individuals with serious mental illness served in community mental health and addiction providers. In addition, she will highlight recent efforts in states and provide insights and resources that others can use to foster increased dialogue and policy changes in their states.

Debbie Herrmann (Indiana FSSA/DMHA Deputy Director, DMHA Medicaid Initiatives) will provide information on Indiana’s work to build an integrated health initiative. This includes developing a collaboration of Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) as part of the State Integration Team. Also, she will discuss how Indiana brought together stakeholders across the state to develop subcommittees to build cohesion among the different entities involved. She will illustrate how Indiana identified provider types and agencies across the state, thus developing provider qualifications, and guiding principles and core requirements of services.

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

Attendance is limited to the first 1,000 people that join. So please sign in early to ensure your seat for the live event. A free audio recording and Powerpoint will be available after the live event concludes.

How Do I Participate in National Council LIVE Webinars?

Registration is required for each webinar. Upon registering, you will receive email confirmation with webinar access information. Please register using the email of the person who will attend the webinar as the access information is unique and cannot be shared or forwarded. If multiple persons from your organization plan to attend the webinar from different computers, each person must register separately.

At the time of the webinar, you will need Internet access to view the presentation on your computer monitor and listen to the presenters through your computer speakers. We recommend that you log in at least 15 minutes prior to event time. You may also dial into a phone line to access the audio. During the presentation, you can send in questions for the speaker using the dialog box on the right of your webinar window.

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