To assist you in growing your practice in the black community, providing effective quality care, shielding your practice from common pitfalls and taking care of yourself, please take a look at the following resources and visit regularly to find the updates.
For members only – PROVIDER PRACTICE SUPPORTS–
4 Specialized Support Areas
1. LEGAL–EASE: Protecting your practice & your reputation –
Recent legal challenges faced by private practitioners:
From clients/patients. Patient complaints are on the rise and even if there is no basis to the complaint, you can spend hours and many dollars, not to mention stress, fighting back or just trying to protect your reputation and income sources. AAT.com takes a look at a few of these cases to understand some preventive steps you might take now………..
From insurance networks – When you signed that network participation contract were you just so glad to be included that you decided to close your eyes and, like the hopeful bride of yesteryear, just hope that they are going to treat you right? Or did you actually read the whole thing and think, “They can’t possibly expect me to do what’s in here! And if they do, they won’t actually try to enforce it.” Well, they do and they do! We have consulted attorneys, billing experts and auditors to provide you with tools. But until we get into that, here are some ways you can reduce the risks to your practice………
2. Increasing your hourly income – Reimbursement rates are going down as overhead expenses are going up. How you think about your schedule, your skills and your time will determine whether you will be among the league of therapists whose incomes are shrinking or whether you will have some cushion in your finances. Here are some guaranteed ways to fatten the cookie jar……..
3. Is your office styled for success? Clients have commented on therapists’ offices. C’mon. Tell me they’re not talking about you. You know, the office with the all-white walls, the $5 plastic chairs and the sofa from your mom’s basement.
Prospective clients spend time checking out your ratings, education and approach. Then there’s your manner, your physical appearance and your office environment that they respond to. Like it or not, you become a role model and you represent what your clients might expect. They might wonder, if you can’t keep a nice office, then how can you help them maintain or gain a nice life? Here are some factors they look for in determining if they should come back. after that first session.