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11 Things to Do Before You Hire Your First Therapist
By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on February 26, 2020

If you’re anything like me, you like to jump right into things and figure it out as you go. With your own practice, you might feel eager to bring that first therapist on. Or maybe you’re the opposite, and you want to meticulously research before bringing on another therapist.

How to Raise Your Group Practice Rates
By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on February 19, 2020

The beginning of the year is a great time for practice owners to refresh their business policies and procedures. It’s an opportunity to review and update operation and employee manuals, enact new policies, and let go old policies that didn’t work for the business. It’s also when many practice owners review their rates.

10 Places to Look When Hiring Your Next Testing Psychologist or Psychometrist
By Jeremy Sharp, Ph.D. on February 12, 2020

So, you’ve built a successful solo practice all on your own. Now, you’re thinking about expanding your testing services by hiring another clinician. Congratulations! Testing is such a valuable offering to many communities—growing this part of your practice is a great way to benefit clients AND your practice.

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Evaluations
By Jeremy Sharp, Ph.D. on February 5, 2020

In the world of mental health, testing is a valuable niche process. We get to dive in, gather intimate information about someone’s functioning, and deliver that information in a meaningful way. But it doesn’t stop there. For the vast majority of us, the feedback session and written report are the “bread and butter” of the evaluation process; these are the processes that really help us shine and stand out to our clients because they allow us to provide them with knowledge, insight, and most importantly, support.

Starting Your Own Mastermind Group
By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on January 29, 2020

When it comes to building a business, most entrepreneurs focus on tasks related to starting and scaling their businesses. The endless to-do lists, late nights researching “the” answers in various Facebook groups and on Google, and going through the periods of trial and error marketing, networking, seeing clients, and building your practice’s systems...they're all part of the journey. Oftentimes, self-care is falls to the wayside, leaving you running on fumes or, worse, on empty. The feeling that you don’t know what you’re doing is so bright that it blinds you, and you feel alone in your journey, despite the thousands of other practice owners at your fingertips on social media.

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.

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.

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