Record Keeping

articles saving Sep 17, 2019
 

Hi, this is Dave Kats with Therapist Consultants and I have a tip for you.

You know they say record keepers are record breakers, so I have to ask you a question. What records do you keep? Well, there are certain statistics that I think every therapist needs to keep to know where they stand. First of all, you should track how many new patients you get each month. Second, how many patient visits you've had each month, and third, how many services you've rendered.

In other words, how many dollars worth of services you've rendered, and number four, how much you've collected. Now, what good do those do? Well, after you have amassed a group of about six or eight months, you can see whether your practice is going up or down or staying the same. You can also see what areas you're weak in and what areas you're strong in. Let me give you an example. The average therapist gets seven new patients a month.

If you average 10 or 12, you're above average. If you average four or five, you're below...

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Running Overtime

articles scripts Sep 10, 2019
 

Hi, this is David Kats with Therapist Consultants, and I have a tip for you.

I find that many therapists run over in the therapy sessions. They schedule patients on the hour, but they'll run up to about 55, 60 minutes before they actually cut off the session, and then they either tight or they run behind. I suggest that you move to 45-minute sessions. This allows you to put in your notes and go home on time. Think about this with all your new patients, when you start to schedule them, say, "Here's how we work, our fee is $150, and we have 45-minute sessions, and I have sessions available on Thursday or on Friday, which day do you prefer?"

See, when they say Friday or Thursday, or even if they say, "Do you have anything on Saturday?" and you say yes, they've already agreed to $150 and they've already agreed to have 45-minute session. I think that if you move to 45-minute sessions, you'll feel much more rested, you'll do a better job, you'll get your notes done on time, and...

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Progress Reports

articles Jul 23, 2019
 

Hi, this is Dave Kats with Therapist Consultants and I have a tip for you.

There are a lot of ways to encourage patients to stay under your care but one of the best ways is to give them an occasional progress report. Here is what I mean by that. About every 10 visits you should sit down with your patient and before you start the counseling session you should simply say, “Let’s recap what we’ve accomplished in the last 10 visits.” Then you can do it in two different ways. You can use the plan of care that you gave them at the beginning of their care and say, “ Here is what our goals are. Here is the ones we’ve accomplished. Here’s the ones we have yet to accomplish.” And give them just a progress report. The other way I like to do it is just look at my daily notes for the last 10 visits and say, “Well, we had problems with this when you came in and that’s gone. Your anxiety level was at a nine. Now you say it’s at a...

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Supervisors

articles staff meeting Jun 04, 2019
 

Hi, this is Dave Kats with Therapist Consultant, and I have a tip for you.

I would encourage a lot of you to become supervisors so that you can supervise people that are not fully licensed. I find that supervising does a lot of good to build your practice and it does a lot of good as far as helping you to stay sharp in your training and in your therapy. In fact, I want you to think about how much value a person that you supervise has for you. The average person in the United States is going to meet with their supervisor, once a week, for about three years. Now, if they meet once a week for about three years, that's going to be 150 visits. If you have an average of 15 visits from a new patient, when you pick up somebody to supervise, you've actually picked up the equivalent of 10 new patients, as far as finances are concerned.

So, think about becoming a supervisor, usually, it's fairly easy. In our area, you have to go through a one-day training session, and then do some study on...

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Articles

 

Hi. This is Dave Kats with Therapist Consultants and I have a tip for you.

One of the things you can do to stay active on the Internet is to write articles and put them on your website. What's the difference between somebody that six months ago was in practice, and went out of business and their Internet is still up there, the website's still up, and you, who six months ago were in business, are still in business but you haven't done anything with your website? How does the search engine even know that you're still in business? One of the ways you do it is by having articles posted on your website. I'd say about every two weeks. If you can put an article on your website about every two weeks, that's enough. The good news is the articles can be very short. I'm telling you that an article can be one paragraph. It is nice to be two or three paragraphs, but if it's just one paragraph, that's good. It doesn't necessarily have to be about your specialty. It can be about anything...

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