Workshop - Business Essentials for ABA Startups
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Workshop - Business Essentials for ABA Startups

When: Friday, November 8, 2019
8:00 am - 7:00 pm CT
Where: Dallas, Texas 
United States

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Business Essentials for ABA Startups

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 8:00 – 7:00 PM Central time
Location: Dallas Marriott Downtown, Dallas, TX
Registration fee for attendees:

  • APBA Members: $220.00
  • Non-members: $245.00

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The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour reception, all workshop materials, and 6 BACB CEUs (including 2 ethics CEUs and 1 supervision CEU).

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Hotel guest room: $189/night special group rate (reservation link will be sent after you register for the workshop)
Registration deadline: October 16, 2019

Description: Starting and sustaining a quality ABA service agency in today’s complex funding and regulatory climate requires substantial resources as well as knowledge in areas that are not covered in most training programs for ABA practitioners. This workshop is designed to provide some essential tools to individuals who have started ABA agencies within the past year or are contemplating doing so. Each of the presenters has substantial expertise and experience in the critical topic they will cover in the workshop. There will be time for Q&A following each presentation, and opportunities for networking. Be sure to maximize your time by booking a guest room at the Dallas Marriott Downtown at our special group rate! 

Topics and Presenters

Essential Resources for Starting an ABA AgencyChristy Evanko, Snowflakes ABA
As behavior analysts, we are committed to helping clients achieve meaningful outcomes and improve quality of life. That mission often seems antithetical to running a sustainable business, for which most behavior analysts are not trained. This presentation provides an overview of the key requirements for operating a business, including financial, legal, accounting, human resources, marketing, and other aspects that can make or break an agency.

Christy Evanko, MBA, BCBA, LBA has a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. She owns and operates Snowflakes ABA – an agency serving individuals diagnosed with autism or developmental delays -- and consults with a variety of organizations while also volunteering in the community. Christy is also the Administrative Director of the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis (VABA) and is very involved in behavior analysis policy issues in Virginia, often speaking on the topic.

Metrics for Evaluating the Fiscal Health of Your AgencyCharna Mintz, Caravel Autism Health
Behavior analysts operating in the clinical world use objective data to evaluate the effects of interventions and drive decision making. But when it comes to developing and managing private practices and agencies, it is too common for leaders to bypass proper operational data collection, leaving them vulnerable to subjective or poorly formulated financial decisions. This presentation suggests metrics that can be used to objectively evaluate the fiscal health of an agency with the goal of effectively evaluating progress and growth through data-based decision making.

Charna Mintz, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA is the Vice President of Pacific Northwest Clinical Operations for Caravel Autism Health. She began her career as a special educator and received a Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Mintz has served as the chief behavior analyst for an adult residential center in Tennessee and provided extensive school based consultation in New York. She spent 18 months developing center-based services for young children with autism in Australia. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of Imagine Behavioral and Developmental Services of Washington and Integrated Development Services of Wisconsin, overseeing a successful merger with Caravel Autism Health earlier this year. She has been actively involved in both local and national behavior analytic communities, serving as president of the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, of which she is currently president.

Accepting Health Insurance: What Business Owners Need to Know Katherine Johnson, Learn Behavioral
Laws mandating health insurance coverage of ABA services have created breakthroughs in accessibility: more people than ever are receiving ABA services. With that new funding source comes new challenges, however. Beyond the basics of coding and billing are big-picture decisions to be made by business owners: whether or not to go in-network, the best way to negotiate for sustainable rates, and how to navigate the ethical issues that are inherent in third-party billing. Another big question is whether accepting health insurance can pose a threat to the quality of your services. These issues and more will be discussed in this presentation.

Katherine Johnson, MS, BCBA has been in the field of ABA since 1995. She founded Advances Learning Center in 2002 and ran the company for 16 years. She is now Senior Director of Partnerships at Learn Behavioral where she focuses on legislative advocacy for consumers and providers of ABA. Katherine has taught undergraduate behavior analysis courses at Northeastern University and graduate level courses at Simmons College, and is on the Advisory Board for the undergraduate psychology program at Regis College. She currently serves as Vice President of the Massachusetts Coalition for ABA Service Providers (MassCAP), which she helped found, andon the Massachusetts Autism Commission’s Workforce Development Subcommittee.

Avoiding Billing FraudDan Unumb, Autism Legal Resource Center
Increased availability of reimbursement options in autism intervention has led to increased scrutiny of the business practices of autism service providers. In particular, providers of applied behavior analysis services have been subject to increased scrutiny of their billing practices, which has on several occasions led to federal investigations. This presentation will equip providers with basic information about the federal government’s tools for investigating and prosecuting health care fraud.

Dan Unumb, Esq. is President of the Autism Legal Resource Center LLC, a national legal consulting firm assisting providers, families and associations with insurance, Medicaid, and other coverage-related issues. He is also founder of the nonprofit National Autism Law Center, providing information, litigation and legal policy support, and advocacy on behalf of the autism community. Previously Dan was Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center. He has briefed autism issues in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan is co-author of the law school casebook “Autism and the Law” and has presented on autism legal topics at numerous national conferences. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country in private practice in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Charleston, SC; as Director of Litigation for his state’s legal services program; and as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice.

Does Your Agency Need a Compliance and Ethics Officer? – Craig Thomas, Touchstone Health Services
As behavior analytic service organizations experience growth in both personnel and business operations, leadership must consider the need for a compliance and ethics officer. Such a position is critical to an organization’s ability to ensure compliance with internal and external regulations and procedures. This presentation will describe (a) the qualifications, potential certifications, background, and responsibilities of a compliance and ethics officer; (b) the seven essential elements of an effective compliance plan for healthcare providers; (c) compliance concepts such as privacy risk assessment, privacy and research, auditing and monitoring, privacy policies and procedures, electronic health records, breach notification, and the Federal Privacy Act.

Craig Thomas is a former False Claims Act whistleblower turned Compliance & Ethics Officer. With over 20 years of operational leadership experience in hospital and large medical group management, Craig found himself in an ethical dilemma when a former employer allegedly submitted millions of dollars’ worth of false claims. After trying and failing to correct the problem internally, Craig decided to blow the whistle and worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Inspector General, and the FBI in a multiyear investigation that ultimately resulted in a large settlement, recovering millions of dollars in federal funding. Today Craig uses that background to illustrate the importance of developing and maintaining compliance programs. He serves as the Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Touchstone Health Services where he has developed and maintained an effective compliance program and healthy ethical culture. Craig is a Certified Healthcare Compliance Professional through the Health Care Compliance Association and Certified Professional Coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Developing Team Member Training Systems: Tips for Managing Process and Content – Tracy Guiou, Kadiant
ABA service agencies must effectively manage a number of organizational systems, both administrative and clinical. Critical to the success of any agency is a system for training members, from behavior technicians to Board Certified/Licensed Behavior Analysts. Smaller companies tend to rely on a small number of clinicians to provide that training. Although growth often follows skillfully trained clinicians, it also creates a challenge as to how to effectively manage increasingly complex training needs. This presentation will describe considerations for developing a process to manage team member training as well as content areas to be covered in training, with an emphasis on the training and supervision of Registered Behavior Technicians.

Dr. Guiou is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and both a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst and a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio. Having founded an agency that has provided training to future clinicians for nearly 20 years, she believes firmly in the need for agencies to take a proactive approach to staff training and ongoing mentorship of clinicians at all levels. Dr. Guiou has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences. She has held multiple positions on the Board of the Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis (OHABA), including president. Dr. Guiou is also a longtime member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Association for Behavior Analysis International, California Association for Behavior Analysis, and American Psychological Association.

Advertising Opportunities 

We are pleased to offer the following options for advertising your services or products to this group of new ABA business owners while helping to underwrite the costs of this important event. Instructions for the one workshop registration that is included will be sent after purchase is complete. Additional attendees from your company will need to register and pay using the Registration button at the top of this page.

Platinum Sponsor - $5,000 (1 available)
Includes workshop registration for one person, an exhibit table outside the workshop room, company materials distributed to all attendees, acknowledgements on the event webpage and signage at the workshop, and the opportunity to make brief comments at the beginning of the Happy Hour reception.  Click here to purchase (opens new window).

Gold Sponsor - $3,500
(1 available)
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Silver Sponsor - $1,500
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Breakfast Host (4 available) - $1,000
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Lunch Host (4 available) - $1,500
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Reception Host (5 available) - $1,000
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