Who can join the Evergreen Behavioral Health Association?
EBHA members are registered interns, licensed counselors, family therapists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychiatrists who practice in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, in the State of Oregon. Unlicensed professionals in the above behavioral healthcare fields who are employed in city, county, agency, clinic, or other behavioral healthcare settings may also apply to join.
Do I have to be on any insurance panels to join EBHA?
EBHA currently is not involved in contracting with insurance companies. If that becomes relevant in the future, membership independence and freedom of choice about participation will be a priority.
How is my confidential information protected?
All information given to EBHA is strictly confidential and will not be shared with outside companies. Member information will only be shared with other members with explicit permission.
How will my current practice change?
Since we are a Membership organization, joining the IPA does not change the way you run your practice. You will continue to operate your business as usual, using your current staff and billing personnel, tax ID, etc. You will pay a yearly dues, which allows you access to all member benefits.
Does EBHA have any legislative power?
EBHA is organized for clinician support, networking and education purposes. If there is enough Member interest, we may develop a legislative committee in the future to address the issues which affect our Members; however, those issues would be carefully defined and approved by the Board of Directors.
What are antitrust laws and how do they impact me?
Federal antitrust laws generally apply to all health care providers. They prohibit providers from collectively negotiating, hindering or boycotting a health plan or insurer in any given area in any way that prevents competition or restricts fair trade. This means that providers cannot discuss or share billed charges or reimbursement rates. They also cannot collectively discuss and agree to sign or not sign contracts with a health plan. This includes informal discussions between two or more practices. Providers can meet and discuss management issues such as plan functions, claims, referrals and authorizations, so long as they do not discuss reimbursement terms or individual dispositions concerning a proposed contract.
How can I become more involved?
As a membership organization there are many opportunities to get involved. Member volunteers can contribute time and expertise to the board of directors and to various committees such as membership, technology, networking, continuing education and website.