Category: Office

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Online Therapy – Benefits and Concerns

Is Online Therapy Right for Your Practice? If you are considering adding internet based therapy services to your practice there are several issues to consider, one of the biggest being security. Most importantly, the technology used needs to be HIPAA compliant and therefore, the use of Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts...

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Five Keys to Success

Build Your Successful Private Practice: Keys to Success Recently, I was asked by the folks at PsychGiant to write an article on the things that have contributed to my success in building my private practice. Although much more could be said about this topic, here are five things that have...

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Private Practice Forms – Why Re-Invent the Wheel?

Download Forms for Your Practice When I first started my practice, I spent a lot of time and energy trying to figure out what forms I needed (e.g., payment agreement, consent forms, etc). Many things I’ve read would say things like, “makes sure your form includes this and that”. Although...

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Is Your Practice Ready for ICD-10?

Preparing for the Transition to ICD-10 Codes The transition to ICD-10 will occur on October 1st, 2015.  ICD, which stands for the International Classification of Diseases, is the worldwide standard for reporting diagnostic codes. ICD-10 is in its tenth edition and replaces ICD-9 which is now 30 years old. It is...

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The New HIPAA Compliance Rule – One of Many Changes to Come

How does a $1.5 million dollar fine sound?  This is what you could be faced with for not complying with the new HIPAA Rules. In case you missed it, these new rules went into effect on September 23rd, 2013. The changes focus primarily on three areas: Privacy, Security, & Breach Notification...

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DSM-5 Overview and Key Changes

DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) The American Psychiatric Association’s latest version of the DSM is in its fifth edition. The first change you will notice without opening the cover is that the five is denoted as a “5” instead of the traditional roman numerals for...

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What Does Your Office Say About Your Practice?

When you walk into a professional’s office for the first time, what do you think? Do you have a “this is pretty nice” moment, or do you say to yourself “this looks really old and outdated”.  Is the decor just plain awful? If so, what was your impression of the...

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Essential Private Practice Reads

If you want to build a better practice, then you need to spend some time figuring out how others have been successful. Here are some essential reads for your bookshelf. If there are other books that you have found to be helpful, please comment below.