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Please note: The 2019 FABA conference will sell out this year.  We anticipate selling out by August 15, 2019.   We cannot accommodate on-site registrations.

The 39th Annual Florida Association for Behavior Analysis Conference will be held September 18-21, 2019 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa.   Once again, we will offer three and one-half days-(see Tentative Schedule) of presentations by experts in the field from Florida and across the nation. For the 5th consecutive year, sessions will be scheduled on Saturday morning until noon!

This event is advance registration only!  Registration will be capped at 1,400.

 

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Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, September 17
FABA Store and Packet Pickup open – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 18
FABA Store and Packet Pickup open – 8:00 am
Workshops run from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 - 4:00 pm
BACB Update with Jim Carr – 5:30 pm
Hospitality Suite – 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 19
FABA Store and Registration open – 7:00 am
Sessions run from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Keynote Address & Awards – 11:00 am
Inside Behavior Analysis
Presidential Social/Poster Session – 5:30 pm
Reunions/Company Dinners – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 20
FABA Store and Registration open – 7:00 am
Sessions run from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Presidential Address/Business Meeting 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ignites @ Nite! – 7:30 PM
Friday Night Social – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 21
Sessions run from 8:00 am –12:00 pm
Closing Invited Address 11:00 am
Workshops run from 1:00 pm –4:00 pm
Conference ends at 4:00 pm

The full agenda will be released in the weeks leading up to the conference, but details are subject to change up to and during the conference.  All sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are open to all conference ticket holders.  Workshops require an additional ticket to attend.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education Units will be available for BCBAs and BCaBAs, and Florida Certified Behavior Analysts through FABA.   To collect credit for each session or workshop you attend, please download the CEUhelper app: https://ceuhelper.com/

Continuing Education for Florida Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Mental Health Professionals is offered by Adapt Behavioral Services.

Note: Separate fees are charged for CEUs from each of the agencies.  If you need both BCBA and PSY/MH CEUs, you will need to pay *both* FABA and Adapt.

Conference Registration Fees:

*Please note: It is less expensive to attend the conference as a Member, even after paying Membership Dues. You will be prompted to update Membership during the registration process.*

Advance Registration ONLY:
$ 195 for a Professional Member Two Day Advance Registration
$ 125 for a Professional Member One Day Advance Registration
$ 120 for Student / Direct Care / Parent  Two Day Advance Registration
$ 85 for Student / Direct Care / Parent  One Day Advance Registration
$ 310 Non-Members Two Day Advance Registration
$ 250 for Non-Members  One Day Advance Registration
$ 88 Advance Workshop Ticket (each) (CEUs included if needed)
$ 85 for the BCBA CEU Flat Rate

 

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Hotel Information:

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
1000 PGA Tour Blvd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

(800) 457-4653


Room Rate $159 - Cut off date to make a reservation in the block is August 20, 2019

https://book.passkey.com/go/FABAFallConf2019

Another hotel option within walking distance is

Hilton Garden Inn Ponte Vedra

45 PGA Tour Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 32082

904-280-1661

There is not a defined room block at this hotel.

 

Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Research Award

Purpose: To support research using behavior analysis concepts and principles to promote sustainable practices/environmentally friendly behavior change. Any applied, basic, or translational study with a primary goal of increasing understanding of human behavior and environmental preservation/enhancement is eligible for consideration.

 

Amount:  $1,000 for 1-year max study/project 

 

Eligibility: Principle investigator must be a current FABA member

Application: Please submit a three-page maximum write up that includes the background for study; purpose/importance; research question to be addressed; outline of method; commitment to present results at a future FABA conference and (should results warrant) submit an article for publication based on the study. Submissions can be emailed to [email protected]

Maine ABA - https://www.mainebehavioranalysis.org/home/sustainability-research-award/

BABAT - https://babat.org/babat-behavior-change-sustainable-world-research-award-2016/

Bx Analysis Leadership Council - http://www.balcllc.org/balc_studentgrant.html

Application deadline: August 1, 2019

Selection of awardee: Committee appointed by FABA will review applications and select recipient

Why Be a Behavior Analyst? - Why be a behavior analyst today and not something else? Several examples will be presented of how behavior analysis is being used to improve the human experience in a variety of areas. As impressive as these accomplishments are, they pale in comparison to the potential of behavior analysis to help make the world a better place. Five reasons will be offered for why a person should be a behavior analyst and several actions recommended that all behavior analysts, whether new to the field or old-timers, can take to narrow the gap between the tremendous potential of behavior analysis and its too-limited impact to date.

Behavior Change For A Sustainable World: Ultimate Challenge and Opportunity For Behavior Analysts - Behavior analysis has made valuable contributions to many areas‹improving education, helping people adopt healthier life styles, teaching children with autism, making highways and factories safer, caring for people exhibiting challenging and life-threatening disorders‹but those who advance and practice the science have paid too little attention to the impact of human behavior on the only home we have. But this is changing. I will offer examples of why behavior analysts are uniquely poised to contribute to a broad range of interventions to promote the husbandry of our planet's resources, restore damaged ecosystems, and help society prepare for and cope with the inevitable challenges to come.

 

 

 

 

Board Certified Behavior Analysts change lives though an ethical effective, and science-based approach that helps individuals learn the skills they need to achieve their overall life goals and gain independence.

What is Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis contributes to a full range of areas, from parenting, to business management, to health & safety, developmental disabilities, community improvement, education and much more.

Behavior Analysis measures outcomes directly through data collection and direct observation of behavior, so that Behavior Analysts are able to produce significant results across many different domains.

For more information, please visit our sister site:

http://behaviorcanchange.com

How Behavior Analysis Works: Real Life Applications

Find a Behavior Analyst

To find a Board Certified Behavior Analyst go to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at: http://bacb.com/, and choose "Certificant Registry" in the left hand navigation.

 

May 19, 2017 – Attention FL Medicaid ABA Providers!

Please find below some helpful resources, courtesy of AHCA.

The Medicaid Public Web Portal provides access to the Provider Services page where providers can obtain helpful information including:

  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) including companion guides for the creation of claims, EDI software and manuals, EDI forms and agreements, and Submission Information such as an interactive Web site for testing claims transactions and sample files.
  • Provider Enrollment guidance and forms.
  • Provider support including alerts of policy or protocol changes, links to Medicaid handbooks and fee schedules, and contact information.
  • Provider Training

https://portal.flmmis.com/FLPublic/Provider_PublicHome/tabId/36/Default.aspx

Web-based Trainings

  • The Provider Electronic Solutions (PES) Web-based Training (WBT) is an interactive walk-through that introduces providers to the available menu items in PES and provides step-by-step instructions for completing and submitting claims via PES.
  • The Web Portal WBT is designed to demonstrate various functionality of the Medicaid Web Portal through an interactive walk-through that introduces providers to the available menu items that provide important provider information such as provider demographics and recipient eligibility.

http://portal.flmmis.com/FLPublic/Provider_ProviderServices/Provider_Training/Provider_Training_WBT/tabId/86/Default.aspx

The Medicaid Provider Contact page provides links to contact information for the following:

  • The Medicaid Fiscal Agent, DXC Technology, for claims and provider enrollment inquiries and assistance with access to the Medicaid Secure Web Portal.
  • Recipient and Provider Assistance to contact a Medicaid representative.
  • Fiscal Agent Field Representative Map
  • Online tool for submission of and inquiry and to request a contact from the Fiscal Agent.

https://portal.flmmis.com/FLPublic/Provider_ProviderServices/Provider_ProviderSupport/Provider_ContactUs/tabId/40/Default.aspx

May 15, 2017 – Attention providers of Medicaid ABA services:

The FAQs for Behavior Analysis services have been posted to the AHCA website. They are located at the bottom of the page after the Enrollment Begins Now section. For your convenience, the link is Included below.

https://portal.flmmis.com/FLPublic/Provider_ProviderServices/Provider_ProviderSupport/Provider_ContactUs/tabId/40/Default.aspx

April 18, 2017 – Florida Behavior Analysis Month

The Florida Senate approved Resolution No. 1814 Commending FABA on its 37th Anniversary, and recognizing the month of October 2017 as “Florida Behavior Analysis Month”!!! The resolution was introduced by Senator Bean.

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April 24, 2017 – ATTENTION MEDICAID PROVIDERS OF ABA SERVICES!

AHCA has reported a drop in authorization requests since the deadline was pushed back to May 15. It is important that providers keep sending their authorization requests during this transition period to avoid the last minute rush just prior to May 15. If too many requests come in at the last minute, it could delay authorizations for everyone.

March 23, 2017 – Important Updates/Clarifications

Many of us have heard in the Beacon trainings (regarding the Medicaid Behavior Analysis Services Policy) that clients must have maladaptive behavior to be approved for Behavior Analysis services. In a recent meeting between the FABA Legislative Committee and AHCA, we were told that Behavior Assessments that are missing maladaptive behaviors will not be denied for that reason alone. Instead, they will be escalated to a higher level review to determine medical necessity. Medically necessary services, which include habilitative services according to EPSDT, are covered.

To help providers understand what is important to include in their authorization requests, Beacon has reported some trends in the Behavior Plans received from Lead Analysts. These include:

  • Lack of parent/caregiver goals
  • Service intensity not justified in the plan
  • Group code requested but no group goal addressed
  • Plan not individualized to the recipient

However, to date, Beacon has not denied any authorizations. Please make sure to pay close attention to the above trends to help facilitate the authorization process.

Many of our members have contacted FABA to ask for help because their Type 39 Provider application has still not been approved. AHCA has been informed about this urgent issue and is looking into options to remedy the situation. In the meantime, they have suggested that those who need help with applications should contact the following:

[email protected]
For more information:
Medicaid Provider Type 39 enrollment number:
1-800-289-7799
(option 4) for Provider Enrollment

March 15, 2017 – Behavior Assessments that are missing maladaptive behaviors

Many of us have heard in the Beacon trainings (regarding the Medicaid Behavior Analysis Services Policy) that clients must have maladaptive behavior to be approved for Behavior Analysis services. In a recent meeting between the FABA Legislative Committee and AHCA, we were told that Behavior Assessments that are missing maladaptive behaviors will not be denied for that reason alone. Instead, they will be escalated to a higher level review to determine medical necessity. Medically necessary services, which includes habilitative services according to EPSDT, are covered.

To help providers understand what is important to include in their authorization requests, Beacon has reported that the most common reasons that authorization requests have been denied include:

  • Lack of parent/caregiver goals
  • Service intensity is not justified

Many of our members have contacted FABA to ask for help because their Type 39 Provider application has still not been approved. AHCA has been informed about this urgent issue and is looking into options to remedy the situation. In the meantime, they have suggested that those who need help with applications should contact the following: [email protected]

Please make sure to check the http://www.fabaworld.org website for important announcements and updates.

February 3, 2017 – AHCA Agrees to Delay Implementation of Behavior Analysis Policy Until March 1, 2017

The implementation of the new Medicaid Behavior Analysis Policy for children age 0-20 was planned to start on February 1, 2017.  As of that date, many ABA agencies and individual providers had not yet received their new Type 39 provider number.  This would have meant that many providers would not be able to get reimbursed for their services until their application was approved.  Since many providers would not be able to continue providing services without pay, resulting in loss of services for many recipients, the FABA Legislative Committee brought these concerns to AHCA.  After some deliberation, AHCA agreed to delay the requirement to begin using the new billing codes (which can only be provided by Type 39 providers) until March 1, 2017.

The requirement to have an authorization from Beacon prior to April 3, 2017 is still in place, so all providers planning to provide services for recipients age 0-20 on or after April 3 will need to request an authorization.

FABA Successfully Challenges AHCA Policy on Behavior Analysis Services & Encourages Its Members to Immediately Enroll In The BA Services Program

As we previously reported, on November 14, 2016, the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis filed a petition with the Division of Administrative Hearings in Tallahassee, challenging the Agency for Health Care Administration’s (AHCA) adoption of Proposed Rule 59G-4.125, F.A.C., regarding its Behavior Analysis Services Policy.

FABA’s challenge to the published policy focused on preserving positive changes to the policy achieved during the workshop and hearing process, as well as making sure that the policy is limited to behavior analysis services, not services that have no connection to behavior analysis. For example, it was important the policy was clarified that psychological testing, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, sex therapy, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, and long-term counseling are not to be reimbursed under the behavior analysis policy. Further, it was essential that the policy require that lead analysts who are not BCBA’s but who are licensed under Chapter 490 or 491, have training and expertise in the field of behavior analysis.

A link to the second notice of change for the policy is found here:
http://www.ahca.myflorida.com/medicaid/review/Rules_in_Process/NOC/59G-4.125_BA_Coverage_Policy_afterNOC2_trk_chgs.pdf and incorporates revisions made in each of the workshops and the final proposed rule hearing. FABA and AHCA filed a joint motion to dismiss the petition based upon AHCA’s changes to the behavior analysis policy, which has been accepted by the administrative law judge.

With the major policy considerations resolved as a result of the litigation, FABA encourages its members to ENROLL IMMEDIATELY in the behavior analysis provider program at the Florida Medicaid Web Portal. As most of you know, ABA services for Medicaid recipients under the age of 21 will soon be required to be provided under the new Medicaid Behavior Analysis policy, and ABA services provided through all other Medicaid funding streams (e.g., Early Intervention, Community Behavioral Health, iBudget Waiver, “state plan” Autism services) will be discontinued.

Although the policy is expected to be officially promulgated in mid-February, the implementation of the new policy starts February 1, 2017, which is only a week away.  According to AHCA and Beacon, all services provided on or after that date will have to be billed under the new policy’s service codes and limits, and only agencies and individuals with Type 39 provider numbers will be able to provide those services.  If you are currently providing ABA services under another Medicaid policy and have not received your Type 39 provider number yet, you will not be able to be paid for services after 2/1/17.  All ABA provider types (BCBA “Lead Analyst,” BCaBA “Assistant Behavior Analyst,” and RBT) are required to obtain an individual provider number, even if providing services under a Type 39 group.

Between 2/1/17 and 4/2/17, providers need to be submitting authorization requests for ABA services to Beacon because all services provided on or after April 3, 2017 will be required to have an authorization from Beacon in order to be paid.  Only approved Type 39 providers will have access to the Beacon system to submit authorization requests.  Beacon has pre-recorded trainings to explain the authorization process and the elements required in the Behavioral Assessment and Reassessment.

Link to AHCA Behavior Analysis Services Provider
Information: http://ahca.myflorida.com/medicaid/Policy_and_Quality/Policy/behavioral_health_coverage/bhfu/BA_Services.shtml

Link to the Beacon pre-recorded trainings:
http://fl.beaconhealthoptions.com/provider/prv-archive.html

Link to the most recent version of the proposed Behavior Analysis policy:
http://ahca.myflorida.com/medicaid/review/Rules_in_Process/NOC/59G-4.125_BA_Coverage_Policy_afterNOC2_trk_chgs.pdf

Link to the proposed Behavior Analysis billing codes and fee schedule:
http://ahca.myflorida.com/medicaid/review/Rules_in_Process/Develop/2016-08-01_BA_Fee_Schedule.pdf

Link to the AHCA Provider Enrollment Application:
https://portal.flmmis.com/flpublic/Provider_ProviderServices/Provider_Enrollment/Provider_Enrollment_EnrollmentApplication/tabid/67/Default.aspx?desktopdefault=%20

Link to the AHCA Provider Enrollment Application Guide:
http://portal.flmmis.com/FLPublic/Portals/0/StaticContent/Public/Public%20Misc%20Files/Guide_for_App_for_2015_Final_2015-02-27.pdf

May 30, 2016 – Medicaid Policy on Behavior Analysis Coverage

April 14, 2016, – New Insurance Coverage Law for Down Syndrome Treatment Includes Behavior Analysis Services

On April 14, 2016, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 221, which requires health maintenance organization contract and certain insurance policies to cover behavior analysis services for the treatment of Down Syndrome. Previously, Florida statutes provided that behavior analysis services were only mandated for the treatment of autism, however this change significantly expands the law. Thank you to Senate President Andy Gardiner who help shepherd this long-overdue amendment to the insurance law. This change is effective July 1, 2016, and FABA will be working with the Office of Insurance Regulation to make sure families can access this new insurance benefit.

April 7, 2016 – AHCA Holds Workshop On Medicaid Policy For Behavior Analysis Service & Contracts With Beacon Health Options For Utilization Management

On April 7, 2016, the Agency for Health Care Administration held its third workshop on the new policy for behavior analysis services. FABA participated in the workshop and commented on the need to include an accurate definition of behavior analysis as well other issues that should be addressed before the policy is finalized. AHCA is expected to publish a revised policy and a notice of hearing on the policy in the near future. AHCA also selected Beacon Health Options as its vendor to handle utilization management for behavior analysis services for the treatment of autism under the Medicaid program. FABA met with members of Beacon’s leadership team to discuss their role in authorizing and reviewing behavior analysis services for the Florida Medicaid program. Beacon has considerable experience working with BCBAs in other states and FABA looks forward to Beacon presenting at the Annual Meeting in September.

 
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1993Hx001 13th Annual Call for Presentation Announcement FABA 93 Announcement 9/22/93
1993Hx002 Offical FABA Nominations Ballot    
1993Hx003 Proceedings Note Pad for the 13th Annual Convention Blank  
1993Hx004 1993 Behavior Counts Catalog Cover    
1993Hx005 FABA 93 Program (67 Pages) Convention held in Ft Lauderdale 9/22/93
1993Hx006 FABA Newsletter Volume 13 Number 1   Spring 93
1993Hx007 FABA Newsletter   Summer 93
1993Hx008 FABA Newsletter Special Pre-Conference Issue   Summer 93
1993Hx009 FABA Newsletter Volume 14 Number 1    
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