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What Penalties are Associated With Not Submitting PQRS Codes?

What Are the Penalties Associated With Not Submitting PQRS Codes?

If you accept Medicare Part B Fee for Service (FFS) patients, there are a lot of rules you must follow precisely to avoid penalties in the future. Don’t worry– we’re here to help you each step of the way. In this post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about PQRS and what penalties, if any, you may face for failing to comply. Let’s jump right into it.

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Cheap and Effective Online Marketing for Private Practices

Online Marketing for Private Practices

Would you like help creating an online marketing strategy for your private practice? You’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll discuss easy (and affordable) strategies for marketing your practice to your prospective customers online.

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Pricey Administrative Mistakes That Will Close Your Business Down for Good

Administrative Mistakes that Will Close Your Practice

When it comes to running a successful therapy practice, there are a lot of factors to consider. One major area that often slips under the radar is the administrative side of the business. After all, when you were dreaming of opening your own practice, you probably weren’t excitedly thinking about client information sheets and organizational systems.

Just because it’s not the most passion-inducing part of the business doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. Administrative errors can end up being costly if you aren’t paying careful attention. Here are some of the most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid in your practice.

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How to Transition Smoothly to ICD-10

Transition to ICD-10 Smoothly

The deadline to start submitting all billing claims using the ICD-10 format is October 1st, 2015. After this date, mental health practices, along with the rest of healthcare are required to use ICD-10 codes to bill insurance companies or help clients submit claims for reimbursement. For mental health and therapy practices, there is the added complexity of DSM-IV to DSM-5 transition. You cannot submit claims using the DSM codes, and will need to convert them to the appropriate ICD codes when billing or providing a superbill to your clients for reimbursement.

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What Is The Best Business Entity For A Private Therapy Practice?

Disclaimer: This is not legal or tax advice. This information is for educational purposes only. You should consult with an attorney and a CPA to determine which type of business will best meet your needs.

When you decide to go into private practice, you need to first start by changing your mindset and begin seeing yourself as a business owner. Your business now has legal, tax, and other regulatory requirements that must be attended to.

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Client Retention Strategies For Therapists

Client Retention Strategies To Help Your Practice Grow

Increased competition in the therapy market means that it is more important than ever to satisfy clients and keep them coming back until they achieve a positive outcome. Turning new clients into loyal clients involves putting customer service at the heart of everything you do. Showing that you are committed to providing therapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment starts with the initial client encounter and continues through treatment and beyond. Here are a few strategies to help you build loyalty, garner repeat visits and reduce no shows in your private therapy practice.

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What are Psychotherapy Notes and How Are They Different from Progress Notes?

Psychotherapy Notes vs. Progress Notes

Good record-keeping is a crucial part of mental health practice. Records benefit your clients by documenting their medical history and care across time. They also help you to plan, record and monitor treatment, and protect you from liability in the event of an alleged breach of your legal or ethical requirements.

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Starting a Private Psychotherapy Practice

What You Need to Know Before Starting a Private Psychotherapy Practice

What an exciting endeavor, venturing out to start your first psychotherapy practice. While this is a time of great elation, there’s also so much to think about. Good planning and anticipation of what’s ahead can make the opening of your practice a time of heightened bliss.

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What To Look For In Therapy Practice Software

Therapy Practice Software For Spending More Time With Patients

What do you look for in a software as a therapist? My guess is that you will look for a software that makes life and business easier. Something that makes it easy to focus on the task of actually practicing your craft, not something that will become it’s own full time job. This is 2013, you shouldn’t be worrying about backups and spending hours figuring out how a software works.

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Why No Shows and Cancellations Can Destroy Your Practice

Don’t Let No Shows and Cancellations Destroy Your Practice

You need to think of cancellations and no shows not just as a client not showing up but as a business killer.

For every client who walks through your organization’s doors, there is a cost of acquiring that client. After they walk through your door as a client, there is a cost of meeting their needs. The way to be sustainable is to make sure the revenue from your clients covers the cost of acquiring them, as well as meeting their needs. Keep in mind that not every potential client you spend money to acquire whether through ads, or your time and resources will become a client. The goal is to ensure that enough of them become clients to cover the overall cost.

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