Association for Behavior Analysis International

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16th Annual Autism Conference; Seattle, WA; 2022

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8 at the time of the convention in March).

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The terminology utilized in the presentation titles and abstracts for this conference was selected to adhere to the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual and to be inclusive of those who prefer person-first as well as identity-first language.

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Invited Paper Session #17
Reimbursement Challenges for ABA Services
Monday, March 7, 2022
9:10 AM–10:00 AM
Fourth Floor; Grand Ballroom 1/2
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Robert K. Ross (Beacon ABA Services)
CE Instructor: Stephen Gillaspy, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: STEPHEN GILLASPY (American Psychological Association)

Reimbursement for ABA services is vitally important but significant challenges continue to exist. This presentation will provide an overview of the process for developing and valuing the ABA CPT codes, describe the purpose of Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs), provide an overview of reimbursement challenges with ABA services, and discuss the work of the ABA Billing Codes Commission.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Providers utilizing the ABA CPT Codes.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the process for developing and valuing the ABA CPT codes; (2) describe the purpose of Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs); (3) state current reimbursement challenges with ABA services.
STEPHEN GILLASPY (American Psychological Association)
Dr. Stephen R. Gillaspy is a licensed psychologist and since August of 2019 has served as the Senior Director for the Office of Health & Health Care Finance within the Practice Directorate at the American Psychological Association (APA). Prior to joining APA, Dr. Gillaspy was a Professor of Pediatrics within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center since 2005. Within the Section of General & Community Pediatrics he served as the Associate Section Chief and Director of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Gillaspy also served as the Director of the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. 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. At the state level Dr. Gillaspy has served on the Board of the Oklahoma Psychological Association and served as President. Nationally, Dr. Gillaspy 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).



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