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Clinical Documentation: How to Write Efficient and Ethical Progress Notes, CE Course With Elizabeth Irias
By TherapyNotes, LLC on January 23, 2020

We're excited to offer our third free CE course, Clinical Documentation: How to Write Efficient and Ethical Progress Notes, developed in collaboration with Elizabeth Irias, founder of Clearly Clinical. Let's make those progress notes sharper, faster, and easier, and make sure that they're ethically-sound! This pre-recorded course explores the ethics of clinical documentation and helps clinicians integrate Medical Necessity into notes by offering easy-to-use strategies and tips, whether you accept third-party payments like commercial insurance or Medicare or operate a private-pay/cash-based practice. Additionally, this course will assist clinicians in separating what they really need to document and what they can omit, thereby saving time.

TherapyNotes™ 4.54: Site-wide Performance and Workflow Improvements
By TherapyNotes, LLC on January 19, 2020

What is MIPS?
By TherapyNotes, LLC on January 17, 2020

As part of the Quality Payment Program mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), Medicare established the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to encourage clinicians to engage in specific practices with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of patient care. MIPS replaces several other programs that you may be familiar with, such as PQRS and Meaningful Use.

Are Your Therapy Rates Too High?
By Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS on January 15, 2020

Let’s talk about whether you’re charging too much. I'll break it down for you:

Finding Your 5 Business Support People for Your Therapy Practice
By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on December 25, 2019

We’ve all seen it. We’ve watched practice owners ask the masses about how to do this, if they should do that, and everything in between. Many times, there’s great advice given, but other times, that well-intentioned feedback is just flat-out wrong. It’s safe to say that every business owner needs his/her own business support people. Now, this is not necessarily another group of practice owners or business owners but rather support people who a business owner can turn to when they need real, tangible support. These are the people you have on your speed dial; they’re the ones you could call quickly when you find yourself in a bind.

Should You List Your Fees on Your Practice's Website?
By Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS on December 18, 2019

Let’s start off by clearly stating that there isn’t a right or wrong to this. I’m going to talk through some of the thought processes behind deciding whether or not to list your fees on your website, and you can decide which is the best fit for you and your clients.

TherapyNotes™ 4.53: Discounted Solo Pricing, Patient Information Form Improvements, and More
By TherapyNotes, LLC on December 4, 2019

Common Compensation Models for Group Practices
By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on December 4, 2019

At some point, every group practice owner has to decide which type of compensation model they want to use for the clinicians in their practice. While social media is a great platform to get support and advice on business strategies, when it comes to compensation, it’s important to know all of your options. However, it’s also just as crucial to have an employment attorney in your state take a look at your practice and help you determine the right compensation model for your unique needs.

How Values Create Successful Leadership
By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on November 27, 2019

Have you ever noticed that when you weren’t sure about the mechanics of something you were leading, it felt difficult to actually lead in a way that seemed effective? Consider that 8th grade group assignment that no one else cared about but you somehow became the leader of the group, or the team project that your boss assigned to you because the previous lead quit unexpectedly. Fast forward to today: as a group practice owner and a leader, are you struggling to find your groove? Maybe you’re insecure about how you’re leading and you still feel like you’re leading on the fly?

When To Go Big: Scale Your Group Practice Beyond 20 Clinicians
By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on November 20, 2019

There are subtle and not-so-subtle differences in how group practices look, feel, and are organized, and each of these differences depend on the size of the group practice. When a group practice is first established, things like documents, hiring, and organizing policies and procedures (often documents that reflect processes that were established when the group owner was a solo practitioner) are the focus of attention. As a group practice grows, systems are tightened, and the focus tends to go to the way of growth through hiring and marketing. However, there comes a time when a group practice scales to a point that systems change, organizational structures reorganize, and shifts of focus become not just warranted but necessary.

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