Education event

Improving Practice and Compliance in PHP and IOP Services
Review of the models, audits and RAC, practices to improve care and reimbursement

October 7, 2011
10:00 a.m. – Noon, Pacific Time


Hospitals providing psychiatric services in outpatient partial hospitalization programs (PHP) or intensive outpatient programs (IOP) face many challenges, not the least of which is reduced reimbursement. And, while both models sometimes treat similar illnesses, they are subject to very different rules and regulations which may dictate admission requirements, the frequency of treatment and documentation practices. Making mistakes in these or other areas can be costly for facilities resulting in increased audit activity or denial of claims.

This web seminar will explain the differences between PHP and IOP operations so providers can stay compliant. Tools and practices will be shared to help smooth operations, and improve patient care and reimbursement. Seminar topics include:

  • Overview of PHP and IOP models
  • Key points of difference — admissions, recertification, treatment frequency
  • OIG, audits and RAC — minimizing vulnerability through compliance
  • Understanding PHP and IOP reimbursement methods
  • Reimbursement rates and future trends with Medicare
  • Practices to improve patient care, documentation
  • And more.

Recommended for:
Hospital personnel currently providing, or considering developing, outpatient Partial Hospitalization Program and/or Intensive Outpatient Programs for individuals with mental health, addiction or substance abuse disorders.


Larry Meikel, MBA, is the owner and managing member of Classic Behavioral Healthcare, the national leader of Management and Consulting arrangements for Medicare-based PHP and IOP service programs in the U.S. Mr. Meikel has in-depth expertise in the complex issues surrounding PHP and IOP services tied to technical-clinical requirements, program operation strategies, billing, marketing plans and confidentiality.

Mr. Meikel has nearly 30 years of behavioral health care experience in administrative roles and has served for the past eight years as a board member for the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare, including three years as President.


Members $185 (per connection)
Nonmembers $275 (per connection)

Multiple staff can gather and participate from one location for one tuition fee. Register online using the button on the right or complete the registration form and fax it to (916) 552-7506. Checks should be made payable to CAHHS/CHA and mailed to:

California Hospital Association
Education Department
1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

Cancellation Policy
A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven days prior and e-mailed to, or faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after this date. If the seminar is cancelled paid participants will be fully refunded within 30 days.

Access Info

This web seminar allows you to attend and participate without ever leaving the office. The seminar is produced live, via the Internet and a telephone line. You only need a telephone and a computer with a web browser to participate.

Once you register, a confirmation e-mail will be sent with pertinent program information.

Audio for the seminar is accessed through a toll-free number (U.S. calls only). During the program, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. If multiple people will be listening to the program at your office, only one person needs to register for the group. The slide presentation is accessed on your computer via the web.

IMPORTANT: Test your computer today

  • Click here to go to the Adobe Connect Enterprise Server Connection test page.
  • Follow instructions to ensure that your computer and network connections are properly configured.

If your internal security settings block access to Adobe Connect, contact your IT department to grant you access. The web seminar runs on Adobe Connect and you won’t be able to view the program without access.


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