Barbara Griswold

Barbara Griswold

Barbara Griswold, M.S., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance – And Whether You Should, just released in its 7th edition. She has over 28 years of experience as a provider for more than 20 insurance networks. In addition to her private practice in San Jose, California, she provides consultations (in-person, or via phone or email) to therapists nationwide with insurance questions and problems, and has presented to over 50 therapist groups on the ins and outs of working with insurance. She has been interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and her articles have appeared in Psychotherapy Networker and The Therapist magazines. Her latest mission is to educate therapists on “What Should be In Your Client Charts — But Probably Isn’t; Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatment Plans,” the subject of her latest webinar. Barbara publishes a free monthly e-newsletter called “What Every Therapist Should Know About Insurance,” Barbara previously served as Orals Examiner for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and on the Board of Directors and Ethics Committee for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Tired of Writing Treatment Plans? Here's a Tip to Make Them Quick

Tired of Writing Treatment Plans? Here's a Tip to Make Them Quick

Do you avoid writing treatment plans? Maybe you don’t see them as helpful, or don’t feel you have time, so … Continued

The Secret to Successful Treatment Reviews: Treatment Plans, and the Language of Medical Necessity

The Secret to Successful Treatment Reviews: Treatment Plans, and the Language of Medical Necessity

There’s a moment of dread in the life of many therapists when they get “the call”—it’s an insurance plan, asking … Continued

New ICD-10 Updates for Therapists

New ICD-10 Updates for Therapists

What? More Diagnosis Code Changes? Check out the latest ICD-10 Updates. As most of you know, diagnosis codes went through … Continued

ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes Change Again October 1, 2017

ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes Change Again October 1, 2017

Yes, it is happening again Some of the ICD-10 diagnostic codes you find in the DSM-5, that we use every … Continued

How to Navigate Billing for Extended Sessions

How to Navigate Billing for Extended Sessions

Therapists who offer extended sessions (longer than 60 minutes) were left high and dry in 2013 when the AMA overhauled … Continued

How to Navigate Billing for Couples and Family Therapy

How to Navigate Billing for Couples and Family Therapy

One of the most common topics of my consultations is how to bill for couples and family therapy. Here are some … Continued

Getting Paid for Late Claims

Getting Paid for Late Claims

There it is, that sinking feeling when you realize your claim has been denied (or will be) because you missed … Continued