Why take this course

  • Course Description

    What does 'Medical Necessity' even mean? This course sheds some light on the illusive term 'Medical Necessity' and offers information about the legal and ethical factors that come into play with your clinical documentation. Have you ever been told that your clinical documentation need more meat, more detail, or more information? This course will help you really understand what the phrase 'Medical Necessity' means, and why it matters so much. Incorporating Medical Necessity into clinical documentation of services for mental health and addictive disorders creates a common nomenclature for clear communication between clinicians, and provides a means of objective assessment informing clinical decision-making.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List two different definitions of Medical Necessity; Describe one way that the term 'Medical Necessity' relates to clinical work

  • Downloadable Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or GooglePlay), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical annual subscription, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Continuing Education Approvals

    This course meets the requirements for Continuing Education credit hours by the American Psychological Association (APA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). See full list of Continuing Education Approvals below, as well as information about these approvals.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: All levels.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once the course is completed, your certificate of completion will be available in your Clearly Clinical account, in the 'Certificates' section. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the Distance Learning Policies link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for five (5) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.


Clinical Documentation Guru

  • Elizabeth Irias, LMFT #80500

    Elizabeth Irias, LMFT #80500

    Founder of Clearly Clinical, Senior Instructor

    Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with specializations in Utilization Review and Quality Assurance, and also the founder of Clearly Clinical, an online behavioral health Continuing Education program. As a consultant and trainer, Beth works closely with clinical teams across the country to improve their quality of care, documentation practices, and utilization review outcomes. She also operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBT population, and those with addictive disorders. An adjunct graduate professor at Pepperdine University, Beth is a skilled professional public speaker and presenter, and she regularly presents at conferences throughout the country.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Downloadable Audio
    • Streaming & Downloadable Audio, Including Apple Podcasts and Google Play Links
  • 2
    Post-test & Course Evaluation
    • Post-Presentation Test
    • Course Evaluation

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