Tips On How to Grow Your Mental Health Practice

While most mental health professionals have received great clinical training very few were offered courses in the “Business of your Business”. Yes, managing a successful practice does require the use and knowledge of fundamental busi...

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NASW Supports Interstate Licensure Compact

The National Association of Social Workers recently reported on the U.S. Department of Defense, as part of an initiative to promote licensure portability for military spouses, has awarded a $500,000 grant for the development of an inters...

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New Legislation Proposed for Telehealth

Associated Billing Center, LLC Exclusively Serving Mental Health Practices Mona Ruback, CSS CEO/Associated Billing Center, LLC * T e l e h e a l t h U p d a t e * New Legislation Proposed for Telehealth The Protecting Access to Post-Covi...

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Laugh a Little or Maybe A Lot: It’s Good Therapy

THERAPY ADVICE Patient to Therapist: I keep thinking I’m a bell. Therapist to Patient: Well, just go home and if the feeling persists, give me a ring. Patient to Therapist: No one believes a word I say. Therapist to Patient: Tell me th...

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Patient Retention in Your Mental Health Practice

There are many factors that contribute to a mental health practice’s Patient Retention Rate (PRR). Retention refers to the number of patients who return for treatment. > The patient does not feel comfortable with their therapist. Resea...

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Telehealth Post Covid-19 Expectations

Congress is beginning to focus on telehealth post-Covid19 with a sense of urgency. Recently, a hearing entitled, Telehealth: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic, examined which changes in regulations should be maintained, modified or reve...

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Election Results Could Lead to Expanded Mental Health Services

President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to unwind many of the Trump administration’s healthcare regulations concerning the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. These changes are expected to make mental health care more readily available. Bi...

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In Office Mental Health Therapy During Covid-19

The National Association of Social Workers–NJ offers the following suggestions if you are seeing patients in your office. 1. Have a dialogue with your clients about not coming to an in-person session if they are feeling unwell or if th...

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Your Practice is Your Business

A Message From Mona Ruback, CSS CEO/Associated Billing Center, LLC-Your Mental Health Billing Specialist Web:  mentalhealthbillers.com Yes, you can help to nourish your patient’s mental hygiene while also concentrating on your practic...

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A Message From Mona Ruback CEO/Associated Billing Center, LLC-Your Mental Health Billing Specialist Web: mentalhealthbillers.com

I frequently have conversations with new clients about what I consider to be some of the key components in managing a successful mental health practice. In formulating my response, I reflect on my experience managing individual and group...

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She is Calling it a “Low Grade Depression”

The First Lady of the United States says that she is no exception to the rule. Michelle Obama says she too is experiencing what more than one in three Americans reported in a recent pulse survey by the Census Bureau-they are feeling symp...

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Covid-19-Mental Health by the Numbers

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll reports that four in ten adults say that stress related to covid-19 is having a negative impact on their mental health. The Well Being Trust reports that the pandemic could cause 75,000 deaths of de...

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The U.S Census Bureau Counts More Than People

The Census Bureau recently released data from an emergency weekly survey conducted to measure the pandemic’s effects on employment, housing, finances, education and health. The Washington Post reports that New York, which had the worst...

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COVID-19- Its Relationship to Mental Health

One of five adults in America experiences a mental illness. Nearly one in twenty five adults in America lives with a serious mental illness (SMI). With the coronavirus permeating across this nation those numbers are growing. Nearly half ...

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May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month and every year the goal is to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Mental Health Month has been observed since...

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It’s Inevitable-Wear a Mask and Your Glasses Fog Up

Most of us have experienced this phenomenon. You put a protective mask on when going in public and then it begins. You look for the defroster button you would use on your windshield to clear the fog-but it is not there. Why do your glass...

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Mental Health Billing Q & A

Q. If a patient cancels an appointment outside of the permissible window can I bill insurance for the missed session? A. No. While payers will not reimburse for no-shows, the provider can charge either a negotiated amount (in network) an...

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Burning Those Calories

A new study claims that labeling food with the amount of exercise needed to burn off its calorie content could cut about 200 calories from a person’s average daily intake. The study from Loughborough University found that people ate 65...

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Kids: “Dream Jobs”

The most popular dream jobs kids want when they grow up according to a survey conducted by OnePoll: for male respondents becoming an athlete led the way while girls want to become teachers. Both sexes expressed high interest in becoming ...

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Losing the Art of Intimate Conversation

In the UK and elsewhere the number of digital conversations has overtaken the intimacy of two people actually speaking face to face or on the phone. Texts and emails have affected relationships in many ways. LifeSearch reports that the n...

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Mental Health & Your Pets

Science Alert reports that loudly yelling at your dog can produce a long term negative effect. Research indicates that pups criticized repetitively including leash jerking were found to be more stressed with increased levels of cortisol ...

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Mental Health Providers Need to Know

Mental Health Providers Need to Know The new Medicare ID system went into effect on New Years Day. A beneficiary’s social security number will no longer be accepted by Medicare. Avoid delays in processing Medicare claims. The annual de...

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Marriage Therapists Take Note

January is known as “divorce month” in legal circles. It is the time of year when couples contemplating divorce decide that post holidays would be the best time to do it. Social media confirms the activity. According to Google Trends...

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Laugh a Little or Maybe A Lot: It’s Good Therapy

BUMPER STICKERS › I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory. › Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don’t have film. › When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty. › Seen it all, done it all, can’t remembe...

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness is on the Campaign Trail

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in coordination with prominent mental health and addiction organizations recently launched Mental Health for US, a nonpartisan educational coalition aimed at elevating mental health issues on the 2...

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