working smarter not harder with Documentation and Billing
As an SLP in private practice, you can choose to use paper records or electronic records. If you have just a few private clients and only accept private pay (no insurance), then paper records can work just fine. However, if you accept insurance or have more than a few clients, you are pretty much going to need an EHR. Not only does it save you file cabinet space and trees, many insurances require or strongly advise electronic claim submission, and having an EHR makes things as simple as dealing with insurance can get.
Not sure what EHR means? Like most parts of our profession, electronic documentation and billing comes with a whole host of acronyms. Here's a quick breakdown of the most common ones:
Starting a Private Speech Therapy Practice is complicated.
When I decided to start a private practice, I had no idea what I was getting into. I thought I'd start seeing a few clients on the side, in the evenings after my full-time school job, to help pay off my student loans a little faster and maybe eventually branch out on my own. "I'm a good SLP and have decent organizational skills, this can't be that hard!" I thought. Boy, was I in for a surprise!
I wanted to start my practice legally, so I began researching how to set up a business. I thought choosing a structure would be a quick Google search but it ended up taking over a month. I had to learn about business structures (LLC's, sole proprietorships, corporations, etc) and find out what worked best for my needs in my state. I spent hours researching taxes, CPA fees, and licenses, and many nights researching and freaking out about HIPAA compliance. What I learned is that all of the information you need to start a private practice is out there- but you have to dig for it! Nothing is in one convenient place. So I decided to change that.
Pop Quiz: At which of these locations do Speech-Language Pathologists provide therapy?
B) Outpatient Rehab Centers
E) All of the above
The answer is E, although I know many SLP's who have a preference for a particular location- and it usually isn't daycares. I've provided therapy in daycares for many years, and I used to dread those days too. Generally, daycares are more crowded and have more teachers who rotate throughout the day and the week. The day is not as structured as a school day, and children are often there for longer- or, just there for the most challenging parts of the day: early morning and after school. I often felt like I was just throwing paper away when I would leave notes at daycares because none of my suggestions seemed to have any effect. But fear not! With a little preparation, you no longer have to dread Daycare Days! Here are my tips for creating successful, cooperative visits to the daycares on your caseload.
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