Managing Value: The Level of Care Utilization System (LOCUS) Family of Tools
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On-Demand
Expires on Jul 08, 2026
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 NCPD Credit
1 Psych CE Credit
1 SW CE Credit
1 COP Credit

The development of the Level of Care Utilization System for Psychiatric and Addiction Services (LOCUS) by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists will be described. LOCUS and its derivatives were developed to address some of the weaknesses of proprietary and often self-serving medical necessity criteria, and to provide an objective standard for service intensity decisions. The LOCUS Family of Tools (LFTs) provide a flexible and user-friendly approach to developing service intensity recommendations for persons with either or both psychiatric disorders and addictions. LOCUS provides a quantifiable, dimensional assessment of need and describes a service continuum that includes both clinical and supportive elements in the service array. The simple structure of LOCUS allows for easy conversion of assessment scores to level of care recommendations and provides a framework for progress documentation and treatment planning in which a service user can participate. It reduces the impact of clinician bias regarding treatment recommendations. Developments in the dissemination and ancillary uses of the tools will be described along with discussion of value management. 

Format

Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on October 27, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss historical, economic, and clinical rationale for the development of standardized and reliable utilization systems for behavioral health. 
  • Explain the relationship between the use of LOCUS and the enhanced value of services delivered.  
  • Describe the basic structure of the LOCUS and its unique features 

Outline

  • Problems with traditional medical necessity criteria 
  • Dimensional ratings 
  • Level of care and service intensity  
  • Placement recommendations  
  • Attendee Q&A 

Target Audience

Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Peer Specialist/Peer Support, Psychiatrist, Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Social Worker 

Instructional Level

Intermediate

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Program Start Date: November 2, 2022 
Program End Date: July 8, 2026

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Discussion Board 

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How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, nursing continuing professional development contact hours (NCPD, formerly CNE), CE credit for psychologists, CE credit for social workers, or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. Participants claiming CE credit for psychologists and those claiming CE credit for Social workers, must have full attendance to claim credit. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), CE certificate (social workers) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

Physicians

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists

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Nurses/Nurse Practitioners

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Social Workers 

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Faculty and Planner Disclosures

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Instructor

  • Wesley E. Sowers, MD is Director of the Center for Public Service Psychiatry and Program Director of the Public Service Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sowers has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  

Planners

  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Amy N. Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Torous has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.  
Reviewers
  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. (Reviewed on 6/15/2023)

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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