Behavioral Health Practice Management Workshop

Des Moines, IA US
October 2, 2015

This annual workshop is designed to provide mental health clinic providers, administrators and staff with current information on changes in mental health services – whether in private practices, nursing homes, day treatment centers, community mental health centers and/or hospitals.



  • IPS Member Staff: $100
  • Non-IPS Member Staff: $175
  • Group Rate (5 or more from 1 clinic - Check only): $90

Payment Options

  • CHECK: Send the registration form and a check made payable to IPS to: IPS, 2643 Beaver #338, Des Moines, IA 50310
  • CREDIT CARD: ​Login or create an account to enroll in the activity. The "ADD TO CART" button can be found at the bottom of this webpage.


  • Substitutions welcome anytime via e-mail A full refund will be given if received 10 or more business days prior to the program.

Workshop Presentation Overview

Billing for Outpatient Psychiatry and Psychology Services

Participants in this half-day seminar will increase their understanding of covered outpatient mental health benefits, hear tips to improve billing, and learn about available resources to help assure appropriate documentation and reporting of mental health and related evaluation and management services. Participants will also learn about the most common errors assessed for mental health claims reviewed by contractor of medical review staff.

Rise to Psychiatric Coding Challenges: Translating ICD-9 to ICD-10

The introduction of ICD-10 brings with it special documentation requirements not seen in ICD-9. The number of diagnoses will increase and accurate coding is dependent on the providers documentation-ICD-10 codes are much more specific.

Iowa’s Medicaid Modernization Program Update

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) will have awarded contracts from two to four managed care organizations (MCOs) as part of Governor Branstad’s Medicaid Modernization initiative by early August. The vendors will be providing services starting January 1, 2016. Participants will learn how the program is progressing and the chosen vendors will be invited to attend. Mental health clinics will be greatly affected as patients are switched to the new insurance companies and will need their guidance in the process.

Mental Health and the Law

Keeping up with healthcare rules and regulations can be taxing and time consuming. This presentation will update you on any changes in HIPPA and how you can stay in compliance. Participants will learn what should be included in a release form and the how to maintain privacy and security when sharing information.


TimeTopic and Speaker
8 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am

Billing for Outpatient Psychiatry
Ellen Berra, Wisconsin Physician Service

10 am Break
10:15 am

Billing for Outpatient Psychiatry (Continued)

11:45 am Lunch
12:30 pm

Rise to Coding Challenges
J.C. Cortese, MS, DC, CPC, University of Iowa

1:30 pmBreak
1:45 pm

Mental Health and the Law
Jo Ellen, JD, Davis Brown Law Firm

2:45 pm

Iowa’s Medicaid Modernization Program Updates
Lindsay Buechel, Communications Manager, Selected Managed Care Organizations
Deb Johnson, Bureau Chief of Long Term Care, Selected Managed Care Organizations

4 pmAdjourn


Ellen Berra is a Senior Analyst with the Provider Outreach & Education (POE) department with Wisconsin Physicians Service (WPS) Medicare. She is the co‐chair of the WPS Medicare Provider Outreach & Education Advisory Group (POE AG). This group is responsible for identifying and assisting with the educational needs of the provider community. Ellen works with a number of provider organization partners to provide individualized education suited to the specific needs of the organization.

J.C. Cortese, MS, DC, CPC, has worked for the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Department of Psychiatry, Coding Intelligence Division since 2012. She has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University and a Master of Science from Vanderbilt University.

JoEllen Whitney, JD, is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm. She works extensively in the field of Healthcare Law, privacy and confidentiality issues for hospitals, clinics and small practices. Ms. Whitney works with clients on HIPAA, medical records privacy, security, record release and retention.

Questions for Speakers

Please submit your questions for the speakers to Please identify yourself and the speaker if you have a specific question for them. Only questions submitted prior to the workshop will be addressed.


Handouts will be available for download on the IPS website one week prior to the meeting.


Karen Loihl 
Executive Director, Iowa Psychiatric Society

Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/02/2015 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
10/02/2015 - 4:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
Olsen Center
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States


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