The Complete Telehealth Guide for TherapistsHave you thought about offering telehealth sessions at your private practice? Given the rising popularity of telehealth in all areas of medicine, the answer is likely yes. In this guide, we’ll not only provide you the background you need to understand telehealth’s growing demand, but we’ll also dive into what you need to know so you can start offering teletherapy options in your own private practice.
How to Prepare for Your First Telehealth AppointmentPreparing for your first Telehealth session doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about getting started with online therapy in one simple infographic. Our infographic provides useful information for both providers and clients as they prepare for their first online session.
Simplified & Printable Superbills & CMS 1500 Forms To Save You TimeIn 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.
New Tax Code, Now What?As if taxes were not already overwhelming enough, they just got just a little bit more confusing this year. As you probably know, a new tax code was passed in December, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This new tax code is raising a lot of questions and comments from therapists to accountants alike. It is important to note here that neither the IRS nor most accountants have a full understanding of what this new tax code entails–it is an extremely complex piece of legislation. The IRS will continue to release new information regarding the tax code over the next few months. In the meantime, we’re breaking down the parts of the tax code that we know impact therapists and private practice owners and answering some of the questions you’re probably wondering about right now.
This post has been authored by Valerie Kuykendall-Rogers, MA, LPC-S as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Valerie at the bottom of this post.
How To Become an Online TherapistThe world of Online Counseling! It has so many different names–Tele Mental Health/Tele Counseling, etc. It can be confusing, at best, to determine if Online Counseling will be a good fit for you and your small business (aka private practice). There are so many misconceptions, misunderstandings, and just plain old mistakes when it comes to deciding whether to offer Online Counseling and my goal is to address them here. So, take a moment to sit back, relax, and discover the top 7 advantages of offering Online Counseling.
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 MistakesAre 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.
Tips on how to start and grow your private practiceYou’ve finally started your private practice, now what? Building a successful private practice has more steps than you may have imagined—not only do you have to be a good clinician, but you also have to be a savvy entrepreneur. So whether you’re getting your practice off the ground or you’re looking to grow your already established private practice, here are key strategies you can use to ensure the success of your business.
Tips on how to raise your ratesAfter much internal struggle, you’ve decided that it’s time to raise your rates. You’ve wanted to do it for some time now, but didn’t push ahead for fear of the backlash. What will your clients say? Will they all abandon your practice for the cheaper therapist across town? Are you being greedy and asking too much? How will you justify the higher rates—especially to your long-time clients? Finally figuring out your fee schedule was hard, but raising those fees is even harder. No doubt, you have questions about raising your rates. Fortunately, the path that you’re on is well traveled and there are signposts to help you along the way. Let’s walk through how to raise your rates without inadvertently alienating your clients.
5 Advantages of Accepting Insurance in Your Private Therapy PracticeWhen considering the future of your private therapy practice, one thing is for certain. You need patients for your practice to survive. The types of patients that will come through your doors will vary, as will their method of payment. While accepting credit cards in your practice will benefit some of them, when you choose to accept insurance, your ability to provide services to others will increase. Here we will discuss the advantages to accepting insurance.
Tips on Finding a Therapy MentorOne of the most important professional partnerships you can ever have is that of mentor/mentee. While you can learn everything you need to know on your own, why should you if you can work with a person who’s already learned it and is willing to share their wisdom with you? This type of relationship benefits both you, as the mentee, and the mentor. You’ll gain knowledge and perspective. Your mentor will gain personal fulfillment by sharing what he or she knows with you. Of course, that’s only scratching the surface. There are a lot of benefits to this time-honored, professional relationship. If you’re open to finding a mentor, you’re probably asking yourself these two questions:
- How do I find a therapy mentor?
- What are the best practices for working with a mentor?