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MaMHCA: Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association


MaMHCA’s 30th Annual Conference, on November 12, 2016, “Getting Ready! Behavioral Health in the Age of Electronic Health Records”

MaMHCA  30th Annual Conference

“Getting Ready! Behavioral Health in the Age of Electronic Medical Records”


Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

MA Medical Society Conference Center

860 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451


•Risks and Benefits of EHRs

•The Mass eHighway; Getting Connected

•Behavioral Health Records: Recommendations   

•Record Keeping and the LMHC Licensing Board

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Members - $175.00

Non-Members - $225.00

Students - $85.00


•Registration Deadline - November 4, 2016

•To verify seating after this date call

Deborah Bergstrom at 508-698-0010


CE Credits: This Conference is approved for 6 Category I CEs by MMCEP  

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Conference Program

‘The Risk and Benefits of the EHR: Behavioral Health Recordkeeping in the Age of the

Massachusetts Information Highway’

 Gregory J. Ludlow, Ed.D

Dr. Ludlow spoke last year on the theme of ‘How to Document Smart’. He is coming back this year to talk about the perceived concerns of Behavioral Health Providers with switching over to and utilizing Electronic Health Records [EHRs] and being connected to the Massachusetts Health Information Highway [HiWay].  This change and the accompanying fears are being driven by Mass General Law Chapter 118i that states all medical health providers including behavioral health shall be connected to the State’s Health Information Exchange and utilize EHRs.

Dr. Ludlow’s talk focuses on what is the Massachusetts HiWay and the origins of behavioral health documentation standards.  He will propose to change how we document to better comply with EHRs.

The HiWay is here and the mandate for behavioral health practices to participate is rapidly approaching.  Ultimately, do we hunker-down, resist, stand by the edge of the road, or get driving down the HiWay?  Time for action is here!


Getting Connected:

The Mass Hiway:  An Introduction & Overview To The Commonwealth’s State-Wide Health Information Exchange

This presentation will give an overview to the Mass HIway, its purpose, how it currently functions in meeting the goal of providing electronic transport of health information among health care organizations, and key information that health care providers need to know about the Mass HIway and how they, and/or their organizations can get connected.

The MA eHighway Team


Behavioral Health Records:  Recommendations on Integration within EHRs                                      &nb​sp;            

Midge Williams, LMHC,

MaMHCA Executive Director

Midge Williams, LMHC was the chairperson of the Behavioral Health Records Task Force, which was charged with developing recommendations on how to handle the behavioral health record components within the integrated health records system mandated by Health Care Finance Reform Act of 2012, for Secretary Marylou Sudders of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Midge will be discussing the major issues that were of concern to the task force, patient confidentiality, the balance between need-to-know information and the risks of stigmatization, and/or denial of services;  how to protect client/patient records from unauthorized access within small-medium-large health care systems;  processes for making complaints by both consumers and providers;  penalties that might be attached to breaches;  issues of oversight of the system, and financial and/or technological burdens on all providers.

In addition, she will discuss the final Task Forcerecommendations for behavioral health records management and the implications for practice and record keeping.


Record Keeping and the LMHC Licensing Board

Karen Enegess, LMHC, & LMHC Member,

Board of Allied Mental Health and

Human Services Professions

Karen Enegess will be speaking to issues related to complaints made to the liensing board, and complaints decided, related to inadequate, unethical record keeping; and  the role of records (good and bad) in helping the board decide ethical complaints in general.   She will also make recommendations about good record keeping, from the point of view of the licnesing board.