Marketing Tips for Mental Health Professionals
This post has been guest-authored by Zencare as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Zencare at the bottom of this post.
For many therapists launching a new private practice, online marketing isn’t exactly top of mind. Finding an office space, getting malpractice insurance, and setting up a billing system? Definitely. But when it comes to getting that first client through the front door, virtual impressions matter.
Online marketing is an effective way to jumpstart your caseload– and if done well, it can attract new clients seeking a therapist with your specific expertise.Read More
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.Read More
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 everyday.Read More
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 significant impact on their practice and sanity.Read More
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.
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.Read More
How to Select the Best Mental Health Practice Software for Your Practice
Choosing an electronic health record (EHR) system for your practice can be tricky. There are many different considerations that go into determining if a product is right for your needs. From practice size to growth trajectory to whether or not you do your own billing–every detail has to be accounted for to ensure you choose an EHR system that is the best fit for you.
Although having an EHR system for your private practice is a great business decision in general, health regulations regarding electronic health records may make it even more beneficial. As of 2015, certain mental health practices (mostly psychiatrists’ offices) had to begin meaningfully using EHR to be eligible for incentive payments. Even if this doesn’t yet apply to your practice, being ready for a potential shift to all electronic health records in the near future means you’re ahead of the game and prepared to grow your practice as times change. You’ll also have the added bonus of enjoying the many benefits that come along with having a great mental health software to manage your practice.
There are many mental health practice software systems available on the market today, and it’s often confusing to know which one to choose. In this post we breakdown what you should look for and the questions you should ask of your EHR vendor.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More