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Behavioral Health Practice Management Workshop (Iowa Psychiatric Society)

Wednesday, November 13 at 8:00 AM
Des Moines University, Olsen Center, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

Download the registration form (pdf)

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

The following payers will participate:

  • Magellan Health Services
  • MHNet Behavioral Health
  • Wisconsin Physicians Service
  • Wellmark Bluecross Blueshield of Iowa


7:30 am Registration and continental breakfast
8:00 am Risky Billing Behaviors

Robert Smith, M.D. DFAPA

  • Review situations that may trigger an audit
  • Discuss monitoring requirements and potential penalties
8:45 am HIPAA, HITECH and REGZILLA: What to Think About Under the New Rules

JoEllen Whitney, J.D.

  • Review recent HIPAA changes
  • Requirements for Notice of Private Practice
  • Roles and rules for Business Associates/Covered Entities
  • Privacy and mobile devices
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Integrated Health Homes:  Overview of Iowa’s initiative to provide team-based, whole-health oriented care for adults with serious mental illness

Kelley Pennington, Ph.D., Magellan

Benefits and eligibility of an IHH for persons with serious mental health issues

  • Provider network
  • Implementation plan for statewide access to IHH
11:00 am CPT Coding Update

Robert Smith M.D., DFAPA and Alison Lynch, M.D.

  • Discuss DSM 5 and ICD-10-CM changes
  • Review criteria for picking the correct E/M and Behavioral code
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Payer presentations

The panel will review updates on policies and documentation needed for new CPT codes.

2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Payer panel Q&A

The panel will answer questions submitted prior to the workshop.

4:00 pm Closing session


Robert Smith M.D. DLFAPA is emeritus associate professor, Clinical Carver College of Medicine University of Iowa, past president of the Iowa Psychiatric Society and APA trained on CPT coding.

Alison Lynch, M.D. is an associate professor with a dual appointment in the departments of Family Medicine & Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. She is the program director of the UI Family Medicine & Psychiatry Combined Residency. She also runs the CoMeBeh Clinic, the primary care clinic within the University of Iowa Adult Psychiatry Clinic for people with serious and persistent mental illness.

Kelley Pennington Ph.D. has been with Magellan Behavioral Care of Iowa since 2010. She is a senior manager for the company currently serving as the integrated health home program director. Prior to her work at Magellan, Dr. Pennington served as bureau chief for Adult Services in the Mental Health and Disability Services Division at the Iowa Department of Human Services. Prior to that she held clinical and administrative positions in community mental health centers and served as director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Psychiatry Department.

JoEllen Whitney, J.D. 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.


  • IPS member staff – $100
  • Non-IPS member staff – $175
  • Group rate (five or more from one clinic) – $90

Download the registration form (pdf) 


Karen Loihl, IPS