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The Legal Department articles are not intended to serve as legal advice and are offered for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for independent legal advice and it is not intended to address every situation that could potentially arise. Please be aware that laws, regulations and technical standards change over time. As a result, it is important to verify and update any reference or information that is provided in the article.

 

A number of members who work with insurance plans have received a “notice of overpayment” in the mail from some insurance plans, requesting reimbursement for specified “overpayments” made to the provider for claims filed during 2013. Providers who receive such notices must decide whether to repay the amount requested, or, to file a written objection with the plan within 30 days of receipt of the notice. This article will provide an overview of the issues involved, including requirements and procedures that apply in responding to these notices.

Clinical supervisors play an important role in the training of every therapist. This article emphasizes the need for supervisors to be familiar with the laws, regulations, and ethical standards which govern the conduct of supervisors and supervisees.

By Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, Staff Attorney; Learn how the therapist's opinion, regardless of whether it is documented in a report, expressed on the witness stand, or written in a letter, can have a powerful impact on the person's life.

CAMFT membership surveys consistently reflect the availability of CAMFT legal staff for telephone consultation regarding legal, ethical, and licensure concerns as one of the most highly valued benefits of CAMFT membership.

Marital Therapy Vignette -  Vignette Discussion to “Treating Couples: Identifying and Managing Legal & Ethical Issues

We invite you to provide CAMFT with your written analysis of the legal and ethical issues that arise based on the actions taken by the therapists in four clinical vignettes.

On Ethics: Avoiding Problems with Fees, Payment Agreements and Health Insurance 

The Role of the CAMFT Ethics Committee

In May, 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) plans to release the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM) otherwise known as the DSM-5. This event is likely to have an impact on the lives of most clinicians. Learn about the possible changes and the current status.