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Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program Rules and Practice Outlined in Web Seminar

CHA will hold a web seminar Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon (PT) to explain the differences between partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) to help hospitals improve practice and stay compliant.

Many hospitals providing psychiatric services use PHP or IOP models, and some use both. While both models sometimes treat similar illnesses, they are subject to different rules and regulations, which may dictate admission requirements, frequency of treatment and documentation practices. Mistakes in practice and compliance can be costly and lead to increased audit activity or denial of claims.

Faculty will be Larry Meikel, managing member of Classic Behavioral Healthcare, LLC, who is a noted authority on PHP and IOP practice. He will provide an overview of PHP and IOP models, and explain key differences, including admission requirements and treatment frequency. He will outline practices to improve care and documentation, and review the reimbursement methods and trends for both PHPs and IOPs. Preparation for audits and Recovery Audit Contractors also will be provided.

This program is recommended for hospital personnel providing or considering developing an outpatient PHP or IOP for individuals with mental health, addiction and/or substance-use disorders.

Tuition is $185 for members and $250 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, go to Contact: Liz Mekjavich, (916) 552-7500,