Category: Managing Your Practice

August 14, 2017

Matthew Gramlich of Mental Health Counseling Services on adopting a new software solution How smoothly a software implementation goes in a private behavioral health practice depends on a great many things. The process will likely demand extra time out of clinicians and staff for training and familiarization, in addition to the possibility of extra tasks…
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August 2, 2017

Five tips for graduates entering the behavioral health workforce Congratulations, grad! You’ve made it through several years of rigorous academic study, and you’re ready to apply your knowledge and skills and become a therapist. In behavioral health care, the possibilities are many, and the industry needs more bright, passionate people like you to bolster its…
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July 24, 2017

Melody Frye on the transition from employee to private practice owner Behavioral health care professionals, whether they be part of a small private practice or a public behavioral health organization, contribute to the goal of improved population health through their respective channels. As clinicians grow and develop professionally, the best possible fit for their unique…
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July 12, 2017

Three aspects of a successful transition The benefits of an EHR solution in the private practice setting have been well proven for some time now, yet for practices with a long history of running on paper records, the process of switching might seem arduous. Making a transition from paper to EHR smoothly is a matter…
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July 5, 2017

Carolyn Ramp of Resolution Counseling circumvents logistical costs and resource constraints The total cost of running a business can be hard to quantify without taking all factors into account, and behavioral health care is no different. Practice-related costs come in tangible forms, such as rent, payroll, and office supplies, but equally important (if not more…
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June 20, 2017

Four key methods for private practices to mitigate outstanding patient balances High deductible insurance plans are becoming increasingly common in health care, and have patients taking on more of the financial responsibility. As out-of-pocket costs rise, the probability of having an outstanding balance left on the table increases. Practices that are either struggling to get…
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June 7, 2017

Kristin Seitanakis of InterCare Psychiatric Services explains life before and after Valant Finding the right EHR for your large practice isn’t something that can be approached half-heartedly. For Kristin Seitanakis, Chief Operating Officer for InterCare Psychiatric Services, it became apparent just how much an underperforming EHR can hold a practice back. Seitanakis recalled, “We used…
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May 4, 2017

Manage your schedule (as well as your reputation) with a growing mental health client base A private mental health practice holds many of the same issues other small businesses hold. While smaller organizations have more direct control over the quality of the customer experience, larger practices tend to have increased complication. Where it used to…
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April 18, 2017

Regulatory compliance is an ongoing challenge for private behavioral health practices. Different practices have different ways of ensuring compliance, and traditionally, enforcement has been subsumed into a supervisory or quality assurance role. But quality control in mental health often creates a workplace dynamic that feels a lot like babysitting, which is neither pleasant for clinicians…
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March 9, 2017

Improving your success metrics in five steps What gets you out of bed and over to your practice each morning? Odds are that you think about something like meaningful work with your clients and the success of your practice as a business. But whatever your specific goals may be, how well you’re able to leverage…
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