Recorded Webinar Series: Medicare and the FQHC Behavioral Health Workforce: Expanded Services in 2024

Duration: 60 minutes per webinar
Recorded on: 02/07/24 and 02/08/2024

New opportunities are available to FQHCs that provide behavioral health services under the Medicare program beginning in 2024. This training will focus on the new recognition of mental health counselors (MHCs) and marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and the introduction of intensive outpatient (IOP) services in Medicare. Additionally, we will discuss commonly experienced behavioral health compliance “hotspots” for FQHCs in Medicare and billing issues related to the provision of behavioral health services to Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible beneficiaries.

Session 1: MHCs and MFTs as Medicare Clinicians

In the first webinar, we will cover the rules surrounding the introduction of MHCs and MFTs as qualified providers of Medicare FQHC visits. We will explore the definitions of these two clinical professional types, and will answer questions concerning whether and how the MFTs and MHCs must enroll individually, as well as what types of services they will be authorized to provide as an FQHC “visit.” Further, we will address various logistical and compliance issues related to these professionals, including questions related to billing Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations for services provided by MHCs and MFTs; clinician licensure requirements (including the clinical supervision period); providing services to dual eligible beneficiaries; and providing MHC/MFT services via telecommunications or telehealth.

Session 2: IOP, Care Management, and Other New Medicare Opportunities

In the second webinar of the training, we will focus on the intensive outpatient (IOP) program launched for Medicare effective January 1, 2024. We will explore the array of services covered under IOP, billing rules for IOP, and how health centers can best use the talents of their entire behavioral health workforce, including peers and community health workers, to furnish IOP. We will also address the relationship between IOP services and the FQHC cost report; billing for IOP services provided to dual eligibles; and billing Medicare for supplemental payments for IOP services provided to enrollees in an MA plan. 

Target Audience

  • C-Suite
  • Billing Managers
  • Behavioral Health Managers
  • Clinical Practice Managers
  • Revenue Cycle Managers

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define the new clinical professional types permitted as qualified providers of FQHC visits
  • Describe the intensive outpatient program and best practices to furnish these services under Medicare
  • Identify Medicare compliance pitfalls and implement strategies to avoid them
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Session 1: MHCs and MFTs as Medicare Clinicians60 min
Session 2: IOP, Care Management, and Other New Medicare Opportunities60 min

Susannah Vance Gopalan

Susannah Vance Gopalan is a Partner in the firm’s Health Care practice group where she focuses on health care litigation and regulatory counseling, with a focus on Medicaid and Medicare payment, financing, and compliance issues. She brings regulatory expertise to bear when advising clients and pursuing litigation on their behalf. She has experience negotiating Medicaid waivers and managed care arrangements on behalf of providers, provider associations, and governmental entities. She represented a group of providers in reaching a settlement in major Medicaid litigation. [Full Bio]

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Available Credit

  • 2.00 Certificate of Attendance


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