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Lessons Learned From My First Private Practice

This post has been authored by Elizabeth Shoop, LPC as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Elizabeth at the bottom of this post.

On December 8, 2014, the testing center attendant casually handed me the piece of paper and wished me a nice day before turning to her other tasks.  It was just a regular day for her. For me, it was a landmark moment. I passed the licensure exam, and would soon be fully credentialed to embark on the adventure of opening my own private practice.   This document affirmed that I had what it took in terms of clinical skill and ethical knowledge to serve my clients well. Yet, I stood under the shadow of a looming question; did I have what it would take to run a business? Could I really be a successful entrepreneur?  I had that roller coaster feeling, like when you’re lurching up the track toward the crest of the first hill, without a view of what’s ahead.

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Top ICD-10 Codes for Mental and Behavioral Health

ICD-10 Codes Used By Therapists

Insurance billing is no easy task. It is made even more confusing by the vast amount of terminology (and acronyms) used for even the most simple of tasks. There are thousands of codes you have to juggle — CPT, ICD-10, and DSM 5, just for starters. It is easy to choose the wrong code but it can be a costly mistake. In this post, we’re breaking down and defining what ICD, DSM, and CPT mean and how you, as a therapist, use them every day.

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Printable CMS 1500 Forms & Superbill Templates

Simplified & Printable Superbills & CMS 1500 Forms To Save You Time

In this post, we’re doing a deep dive into two billing words you’ll hear often as a therapist in private practice: superbills and CMS-1500 forms. We’ll be outlining what superbills and CMS 1500 forms are, while also explaining what purpose both of these documents serve in your private practice and in the medical billing world at large.

For many therapists, generating superbills for clients and printing claims forms (CMS-1500, formerly known as HCFA) serve as the backbone of their income, meaning that efficiency and reduced costs in this area, can have a significant impact on their practice and sanity.

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How To Go Paperless In Your Therapy Office

How To Save Time & Resources: Go Paperless

Going paperless at your therapy private practice might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Having the right tools and processes in place before you begin transitioning to a paperless practice can save you both time and headache. Not to mention, taking the time to go paperless now will help set your private practice up for future success in the future.

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Don't Make These Mistakes When Starting Your Private Practice - TheraNest Blog

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Starting Your Private Practice in Counseling

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Private Practice

Finally, you’re in business for yourself. Congratulations! Starting a private practice can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. There’s something so satisfying about being your own boss and providing a much-needed service for your community. You have the freedom to work with whomever you choose, whenever you choose.

But before you can start celebrating, there are a few things you must consider when opening your private practice. Let’s look at the most common mistakes that private practitioners make, especially within the first year of starting up. We’ll also share some tips on how to avoid making these mistakes in the future.

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2017 in Review: TheraNest’s Top Ten Blog Posts of the Year

A Year in Review: Top Blog Posts of 2017

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on what’s been happening on the TheraNest blog over the past year. 2017 has been a very exciting and busy year for us, we’ve published over 30 articles ranging in subject from SEO for your therapy website to figuring out how to take a vacation with your busy schedule. Not only that, but we’ve also launched a guest posting series that we’re excited to keep building on in 2018.

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How to Give Your Work/Life Balance a Tune-Up

This post has been authored by Stacy G. Smith, MS, LPC as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Stacy at the bottom of this post. 

Finding Your Work/ Life Balance as a Private Practice Owner

Getting started in private practice was one of the most exciting moments of my career– it was also one of the biggest learning experiences of my life.  Coming from an agency setting, I never really thought about a work/life balance.  I was working Monday through Friday, had nights and weekends off, and in hindsight, had no job responsibilities outside of working hours.  Whenever the topic of work/life balance came up, I always brushed it off thinking, “it’s really not that hard.”

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SEO and You: How to Use SEO for Your Private Practice

How to Use SEO for Your Private Practice

You have an inkling that you need to improve your website’s SEO, but you don’t know where to start. You’re not even sure what SEO means. A quick Google search of SEO turns up millions of results, and it’s overwhelming. After all, you’re a therapist, not an Internet marketer. You just want a quick guide to implementing SEO for your private practice in easy-to-understand terminology.

You’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll discuss exactly what you need to know about SEO to dominate the search engine results and generate more leads for your private practice. Let’s get started.

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Solutions to Common Insurance Woes

This post has been authored by Samara Stone as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Samara at the bottom of this post. 

Understanding Common Insurance Mistakes

Are you tired of fussing and fighting with insurance companies? Frustrated with not getting paid for the work you do?

Well, I am here to tell you there is light at the end of the insurance tunnel. If you are willing to take a few moments to review some office procedures in your practice, I can guarantee you will find a few ways you can improve operations and help things move forward more smoothly inside your practice.

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Fine Tune Your Scheduling Process With These Tips

How to create a schedule that works for your practice

As a private practitioner, one of the hardest aspects of your job is scheduling. The prospect of getting clients is already tough, but it’s even tougher to find the perfect scheduling balance for your private practice.

If you’re struggling with scheduling, including keeping track of your appointments, choosing the right meeting times, and minimizing no shows or cancellations, you’ve come to the right post. We’ll go over some important tips to help you create a smoother scheduling process. Let’s get started.

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