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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the United States Department of Health & Human Services, predicts a nationwide shortage of 10,000 to nearly 50,000 mental health professionals by 2025 if the current trends continue. The predicted shortage includes marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists. The rumors...
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Webinar: Boosting Clinical Productivity and Automating Payroll Calculations

When it comes to defining the right key performance indicators (KPIs) to track for your behavioral health practice, it can be hard to know where to start. One of the KPIs that is important for every practice to measure is clinical productivity, as it can have a direct and significant impact on your bottom line....
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Business plans act as the foundation for any type of business and are important for setting benchmarks to measure success. But how do you write a business plan for a mental health private practice? Valant takes a look at the components of a business plan and translates it into an easy-to-use framework for both mental...
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Woman with mask on laptop for telehealth session

Like thousands of mental health professionals across the country, you are probably working on your private practice reopening plan and have a lot of questions. Is now the right time to reopen? Are my patients ready to come back to therapy in person? What can I do to keep my staff and patients safe from...
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EHR Will Increase Your Profitability

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) market continues to boom, however there are still many within the behavioral healthcare industry hesitant to make that next step. One of the biggest (and most justifiable) fears is cost. However, what some practices fail to realize is that the right EHR will increase your profitability in unexpected ways. Here...
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EHR Implementation

“How’s work going?” “Stressful. We’re in the middle of an implementation.” This conversation happens too often. EHR implementations are typically time-consuming with inflexible project plans that demand adherence to foreign workflows. Not-too-surprisingly, EHR sales teams tend to keep this onboarding experience close to the chest and are highly hesitant to share details of the implementation...
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How to Increase Patient Portal Adoption

Patient portals are an empowering tool for your behavioral health clients, as well as for your office staff and clinicians. However, despite all the benefits, it can be difficult to get patients to use the portal – or even activate their account in the first place. Driving patient portal adoption can be a challenge, but...
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What gets you out of bed and over to your practice each morning? Odds are that you think about something like meaningful work with your clients and the success of your practice as a business. But whatever your specific goals may be, how well you’re able to leverage your EHR system is also coupled with...
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Shopping for the right mental health EHR can be challenging for private practices. Software vendors package feature sets and services in different ways, making it difficult to compare one solution to another. The search for the right mental health EHR often results in going too big (paying for an overly robust package), going to small...
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Finding the right EHR means asking the right questions.  When searching for an EHR, you likely have a list of criteria that is important for your practice. Perhaps you want to ensure the platform utilizes current technology, is intuitive, or enables efficient reporting and payments. On the surface, it can be hard to distinguish the...
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