How To Decide on a Career or Job Change

Some decisions in life are easier to make than others. The decision to change careers or a job has been rated as one of the most stressful decisions a person can make. When making the decision to switch careers or a job, it’s important to have studied the various pro and cons of making the move, as well as the impact on you and others in your life. In addition, it is equally as important to explore the associated risks and rewards of making the change. In this article, I’d like to share
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Google+ for Health and Mental Health Professionals

Google+ for Health and Mental Health Professionals Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are changing the way we communicate with each other. In September of 2011 Google announced their own social media site to compete with the other players for advertising dollars. But why should health professionals even care about social media? I saw some recent statistics about the impact social media is having on our lives and I wanted to share a few of these with you: Social Media has over
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Business Associate Agreements: Are They Needed for Private Practice?

Business Associate Agreements and Private Practice If you transmit any patient information in electronic form in connection with a transaction for which the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) has adopted a standard- then you are considered a “covered entity.” Covered entities are required to get signed business associate agreements with all partners and vendors that you use who have contact with your organization’s protected health information. These Business Associate Agreements ens
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What I am Thankful for this Holiday Season

Every Thanksgiving, when we get together with family, we share a yearly tradition. Without identifying themselves, each person writes down, on a slip of paper, what they are thankful for, and each slip of paper is then placed in a basket. We then go around the table and randomly choose, and read, each entry, attempting to guess who wrote each piece. I wanted to share with you my entry for this year: I am thankful for: the realization that I can shape the life of my choosing the ability to help o
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What Are Your Negative Beliefs Costing You? Taming Your Gremlins

Henry Ford is quoted as saying “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” This quote, for me, illustrates the power of thought and language in influencing our behavior. We all have negative beliefs that interfere with the fulfilling of our true potential in life and work. As a business coach I see the impact of these negative or critical thoughts on my clients. This inner negative or critical voice, is personified in coaching circles as a “Gremlin.”
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How to Get More Private Pay Clients

This Pink Dogwood bloomed in Winter and is a metaphor for your practice Many private practice clinicians come to me with the goal of getting more private pay clients. Most are fed up with having to deal with insurance companies and with not being able to provide the care their clients want and need. They are also frustrated with the reimbursement rates that they receive, and for not being paid for the collateral work they feel is necessary but not reimbursed. If you are equally frustrated and lo
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Do I Outsource Billing or use a Do-It-Yourself Billing Software?

Let’s face it, we are in the health profession because we want to help people. But those of us in private practice are also running a business, and therefore need to set up systems to manage billing and health insurance in order to get paid for the work that we do. As a private practice coach and health professional business consultant-one of the main questions my client’s face is whether to outsource their billing or use a do-it-yourself billing software. In order to arrive at an answer tha
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Webinars and Video Conferencing now Free with AnyMeeting

Free Video Conferencing Software For Therapists For many private practitioners, webinars and video conferencing is taking an increasing role as a core component of their marketing plan. Webinars are a great way to position yourself as a leader in the field and an expert in your niche. For those of you who have contemplated holding webinars but were put off by the high cost of Videoconferencing services, you will be happy to learn that there is a new free service called AnyMeeting. AnyMeeting, fo
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Tips for Building a Private Pay Practice

For a variety of reasons-many clinicians are contemplating reducing or eliminating their dependence on insurance company referrals and growing their private pay clientele base. This is certainly possible in most cases provided the clinician take several steps to improve their chances for success. Here are some tips that I recommend to my Marketing Coaching clients: Create a marketing plan that includes the following essential elements: Know which demographic that you want to target your services
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Blogging for Private Practice

There are many reasons why blogging for private practice is a good idea to help you grow your practice. First, it can position you as a thought leader and an expert in your field of expertise. Second, by creating interesting articles it can draw traffic to your website helping your search ranking in the search engines. Third, it helps you to keep current in your field by gathering the latest research-based information. Fourth, it can result in helping you to build your client base in your specia
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