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We all make mistakes, but not all mistakes are equal. Some will end up costing your practice time, profitability, and even patients. Here are the top five EHR mistakes behavioral health practices make and how to avoid them.   1. Not Investing in an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System This is critical. If you are...
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Great news: your practice is thriving! Bad news: you’re turning away new patients. Having too much business is certainly a good problem to have, but it can prompt a lot of questions in the mind of a solo practitioner — mostly around transitioning from solo to group practice, and whether or not it’s a transition...
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Psychologist discusses suicidal ideation diagnoses with patient on couch

In this blog post, Valant discusses the ICD-10 code for suicidal ideation, or when a patient is seriously considering or has a plan to end their life. The ICD-10 code for suicidal ideation is R45.851, which is a separate family of coding from depression and other mental health disorders. The reason for the differentiation is...
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If you’re considering measurement-based care for your behavioral health practice, you probably know the benefits: better insight into patient progress, more targeted treatment, and improved patient outcomes, to name just a few. However, several barriers to the implementation of measurement-based treatment may slow the adoption of this method among clinicians. This may be the case...
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When it comes to practice management software, you need a product built specifically for behavioral health. EHRs meant to serve multiple healthcare disciplines may not offer your practice the functionality you need to deliver the best care to patients. Many EHR vendors will claim to have a behavioral health-specific version of their software, but a...
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Measurement Based Care Tool Kit

For modern-day behavioral health practices, measurement-based care provides a great deal of promise. Through the use of outcome measures in their client care, practitioners can see drastic improvements in both their quality of care and bottom lines. But before rushing to implement this approach to behavioral healthcare, a practice needs to consider some essential issues....
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In the world of EHR software, a mental health practice has two main purchasing choices: subscription or perpetual, with “perpetual” meaning a one-time purchase where the practice owns the software outright. While the overall EHR industry trend is to offer the subscription-based model, a few EHR vendors continue to cling to the perpetual license model....
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Putting Your Clinical Data to Work

Data equals knowledge. Good clinical data provides the irrefutable evidence that goes beyond our assumptions and observations to give us actionable intelligence. Data keeps us from wasting time and resources. Clinical data in the behavioral health industry allows clinicians to establish patient baselines and benchmarks that can be used in setting up goals and treatment...
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Psychologist Taking Notes on a Clipboard

In this blog post, Valant discusses the ICD-10 codes for depression, ranging from F32.0 to F32.9. It’s important to note coding changes frequently; the new code for 2021 went into effect on October 1, 2020. As of this date, the ICD-10 diagnostic code for major depressive disorder, single episode, unspecified is F32.9.   Other Uses...
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A psychologist takes clinical notes

In this blog post, Valant discusses the ICD-10 code for anxiety. The ICD-10 code for unspecified anxiety disorder is F41.1, a direct translation from the ICD-9 code 300.00. It is important to note, however, that there are a number of anxiety disorders indexed in ICD-10. The ICD-10 code for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), for example,...
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