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Event Name:Psychotherapy in the 21st Century: Treatment, Measurement, Outcome, Access

Because of the changes in our daily life brought on by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the MPA Board has decided that in order to safeguard the health of the MPA membership all-day seminars will take place on the Zoom, the online conferencing technology. Consequently, the June 19, 2020, the MPA Insurance Committee program, entitled, Psychotherapy in the 21st Century: Treatment, Measurement, Outcome, Access will be available on Zoom. Nevertheless, the day-long seminar will still feature four outstanding presenters to help clinicians apply new research and developments to practice.  

Michigan Psychological Association - Insurance Committee Conference 2020
"Psychotherapy in the 21st Century: Treatment, Measurement, Outcome, Access"

Event Date: June 19th, 2020
Event Time: 9:00 am – 4:15 pm

A Zoom Meeting invitation will be sent to all registered attendees. If you have already downloaded the Zoom platform, you should be ready to go. If you have not used Zoom before, instructions to download the program will be in the invitation that you will receive.


8:00 am - 8:50 am: Zoom Room Open to log-in
9:00 am - 10:30 am: Dr. Scott Miller, PhD - Psychotherapy, Treatment, Measurement, Outcomes
10:30 am - 10:45 am:  Break
10:45 am - 1200 pm: Dr. Scott Miller, PhD - Psychotherapy, Treatment, Measurement, Outcomes
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Break 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Dr. Simmer, MD - How Does the Value-Based Payment Model Work for Practitioners
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Dr. Ken Salzman, PhD - Insurance Panel Membership: Pros and Cons
 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Break 
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Dr. Stephen Gillsphy, PhD. -  Telehealth and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Changes and Challenges for the Future


Speaker: Scott D. Miller, PhD  
 Dr. Miller is a co-founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavior health. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. He is one of a handful of "invited faculty" whose work, thinking, and research is featured at the prestigious "Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference." His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policymakers to make effective changes in service delivery. Dr. Miller is the author of numerous articles and co-author of multiple books, including Working with the Problem Drinker: A Solution Focused Approach (with Insoo Berg [Norton, 1992]), Finding the Adult Within: A Solution-Focused Self-Help Guide (with Barbara McFarland [Brief Therapy Center Press, 1995]), Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Foundations, Applications, and Research (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [Jossey-Bass, 1996]), and The Heroic Client: A Revolutionary Way to Improve Effectiveness through Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Therapy (with Barry Duncan [Jossey-Bass, 2000], and Jacqueline Sparks [Revised, 2004]). 
Presentation Time: 9 am - noon
Presentation Title:
" Psychotherapy: Treatment, Measurement, Outcomes".
Learning Objectives: 

  • Address what outcome research indicates about the general and relative efficacy of psychotherapy
  • Describe three evidence-based problems that impact the delivery of effective psychotherapy
  • Discuss how ongoing and systematic assessment the clients’ perceptions of progress and satisfaction can be used to tailor services to the individual client’s needs and characteristics

Speaker: Dr. Thomas L. Simmer  
Dr. Simmer graduated from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He currently oversees Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s medical policy, professional payment policies and national programs to improve quality, cost and access to medical services. He’s responsible for reimbursement to more than 25,000 physicians throughout Michigan. Under his leadership, Blue Cross introduced physician incentive programs to promote cost-effective ways to prescribe drugs and to provide consistent care for people with chronic illness. Dr. Simmer also provides leadership to the Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium, which works with health plan medical directors across Michigan to create and put evidence-based guidelines into use.  In 2010, Crain’s Detroit Business honored Dr. Simmer with a Healthcare Hero award, recognizing his work promoting health care transformation in Michigan through the Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative and other collaborative programs with doctors and hospitals throughout the state. Prior to joining Blue Cross, Dr. Simmer served as vice president of Health and Medical Affairs for Health Alliance Plan. He also served as associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Henry Ford Hospital and was the recipient of several Distinguished Service Awards.  
Presentation Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presentation Title: How Does the Value-Based Payment Model Work for Practitioners
Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the value-based payment model, including its focus on linking payments to practitioners with improvements in care that have been measured

Speaker: Kenneth Salzman, PhD
Dr. Salzman is a Licensed Psychologist who has been in individual private practice since 1986. He has owned and operated White Crane Billing Solutions, a billing service for Michigan psychotherapists, since 1989. As both a therapist and a billing service, he has seen how insurance systems work, and how they don’t. As a Member of the MPA Insurance Committee, he has been working directly with some of the insurers trying to futher the interests of psychologists in practice.
Presentation Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Presentation Title: Insurance Panel Membership: Pros and Cons
Learning Objectives: 
- Distinguish open vs closed vs phantom panels
- Is panel membership necessary? Is it always advantageous?
- How does one decide about trying to get on to a panel?
- Where do in-network vs out-of-network issues come into play?
Speaker: Stephen Gillaspy, PhD
Dr. Gillaspy is a licensed psychologist and since August of 2019 has served as the Senior Director for the Office of Healthcare Finance within the Practice Directorate at the American Psychological Association APA.  Prior to joining APA, he was a Professor of Pediatrics within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center since 2005. He completed his graduate training in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University and completed his Clinical Internship and a Post-doctoral fellowship in Primary Care and Health Psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Within the Section of General & Community Pediatrics, Dr. Gillaspy served as the Associate Section Chief, Director of Research, and Director of Clinical Psychology.  He also serves as the Director of the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.  He has been an active researcher in the areas of pediatric obesity, tobacco control, mental health screening, health disparities, and medical education.  At the state level Dr. Gillaspy has served on the Board of the Oklahoma Psychological Association and served as President.  Nationally, he has served as the American Psychological Associations Advisor for the Health Care Professional Advisory Committee to the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) and served as a Division 54 (Pediatric Psychology) Representative to the Interdivisional Health Committee (IHC). 
Presentation Time: 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Presentation Title:  “Telehealth and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Changes and Challenges for the Future
Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe telehealth changes during the crisis.
  • Discuss current telehealth challenges, opportunities, and advocacy.
Registration Fees
MPA Member $82.50
MPA Non-Member $110.00
MPA Student Member $25.00
Student Non-Member $40.00
MPA Board & Committee Members $50.00
Morning Session Only $50.00
Afternoon Session Only $50.00

 Cancellation Policy
Cancellations before June 16, 2020, will be accepted, minus a $30 processing fee.  No refunds after June 17, 2020.

Event Date:6/19/2020

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