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:
Choosing an EHR is highly dependent on your specific practices' needs. Are you a solo practitioner or do you have employees? Will you need multiple specialties (PT and OT along with SLPs) to be adding notes and forms?
Some questions to keep in mind while searching for the perfect EHR fit:
Once you are armed with those questions, you can check out the EHRs that the internet has to offer. You will have to do a demo with them to truly see their features. Most offer a free 30 day trial.
Some of the most popular EHR's among SLPs are:
If you are interested in trialing Simple Practice, use my affiliate referral link (by clicking the name) to start your free 30 day trial. If you end up loving it too and signing up for a paid plan after your trial, you'll get $50 off!
Want a comparison chart to help you narrow down your EHR choices, with fees, features, and other important info included for each? I created a chart that includes all of the EHR's above, with others like Kareo, Practice Fusion, and Central Reach, in one user-friendly document!
The chart, along with an entire module on how to choose an EHR, is available in Private Practice Prep School, my online course that guides you through the entire process of starting a private practice. It includes
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If you have any questions about choosing an EHR or starting a private practice, comment below or email me!
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