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We Ask, You Answer: Attracting Clients in Private Practice

By TherapyNotes, LLC on December 13, 2017

Opening your own practice can present a number of challenges. Beyond your clinical expertise, you are now required to be a business owner and don the many hats that come with it. Private practice owners must develop a business plan, build a brand, manage finances, and so much more. Out of all the new responsibilities that come with owning a business, many clinicians find that the most nerve-wracking hurdle is bringing new clients in.

Understanding MIPS Reporting and Performance Metrics

By TherapyNotes, LLC on December 6, 2017

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is scheduled to roll out gradually starting with specific classes of eligible providers, but virtually all Medicare providers will be required to participate in MIPS by 2019. (To see when you may be eligible for MIPS, check your MIPS participation status.) Many providers have chosen to submit data early to gain a better understanding of how the program works and the impact it could have on their revenue. 

What Mental Health Providers Can Expect From the Quality Payment Program

By TherapyNotes, LLC on November 29, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has established incentive programs to encourage Medicare providers to go above and beyond to provide quality care. In 2006, CMS introduced the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) to allow providers to report on the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Under PQRS, those who did not meet established reporting requirements were subject to a negative payment adjustment to encourage data reporting.

5 Ways to Boost the Security of Your EMR

By TherapyNotes, LLC on November 22, 2017

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) providers take extraordinary security measures to protect your data that are outside of the capabilities of the average person. Heavily secured data centers, full database encryption, powerful firewalls, and activity logs help to protect your electronic records from breaches and suspicious activity. Plus, automatic onsite and offsite backups ensure that your data is always secure and accessible, even in the event of natural catastrophe.

The Golden Thread: Your Key to Complete Documentation

By TherapyNotes, LLC on November 15, 2017

(...and maybe even a good night's sleep.)

Documentation is one of the most important components of rendering services – if it isn't documented, it didn't happen. Writing mental health progress notes can be both simple and complicated. It's easy to record what happened in a session, but it may be significantly more difficult to do so in a fully compliant way.

New Medicare Cards and MBIs Are Coming in April 2018

By TherapyNotes, LLC on November 8, 2017

In addition to creating the MIPS quality payment program, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. In place of the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) which uses the client's SSN, CMS will issue new Medicare cards that include a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). By avoiding the use of SSN-based identifiers, CMS hopes to fight identity theft of Medicare beneficiaries.

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