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Insurance Corner

 Insurance articles of interest

Recent Actions against Health Plans by the Department of Managed Health Care

The Insurance Version of "Don't Ask, Don' Tell": The Potential Dangers of Private-Pay Clients

Important Notice for Blue Shield of California Providers

Scrutiny of the Health Care Plans

The DSM-5 A Brief Look at the Future Manual for Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders

Victims of Crime and MFTs as Providers

1 800 Help My Client

Managed Health Care California Law and Your Rights

Join the Fight to Gain Medicare Reimbursement Rights for MFTs

Fee Dispute Resolution Pilot Program

Independent Medical Review

Malpractice Insurance What is the Right Choice

What is Insurance Fraud

Evaluating the Managed Care Contract

CAMFT Members Give Their Opinion on Managed Health Care Plans

California Parity Laws

Health and Safety Code

Insurance Code

CPT Codes 2013

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Workers Compensation Law Amendment

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Navigating the Insurance Maze
Barbara Griswold is an LMFT and a clinical member of CAMFT.  Her book entitled “Navigating the Insurance Maze” is a useful guide to working with insurance companies.  Barbara also provides consultations and presents workshops on insurance issues.  For more information, visit her website at

Meiram Bendat is an LMFT, a California licensed attorney, and a clinical member of CAMFT.  He founded Psych-Appeal, a mental health insurance advocacy service to assist and train clinicians and mental health organizations throughout the United States.  To date, Psych-Appeal has helped numerous providers and their patients obtain treatment reimbursement for medically necessary services through expedient, cost-effective strategies when insurance companies have balked.  For more information, visit Psych-Appeals’website at

The Department of Managed Health Care

California Department of Insurance

The California Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) provides an enforcement action database, which lists enforcement actions by organization. Click here for more information.

The DMHC also expresses certain precedent decisions. Click here for more information.

Additionally, Consumer Watchdog has a section of their website entitled “Holding Health Insurers Accountable. Click here for the details.



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