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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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When it's time to switch EHR Solutions

Five Indications a Change is Needed For many behavioral health practices, looking back at an EHR implementation is not always done with fondness. Taking on a new software solution often creates strain on a practice’s limited time and resources. Even as EHR technology improves and new features and functionality exist that can better serve the...
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A Quiz for Behavioral Health Professionals. As a behavioral health professional, the total amount of work hours you put into your practice goes well beyond the face time spent with patients. For every billable hour, your practice must also account for the time spent on documentation, billing, and other processes that support the provision of...
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How to Build a Business case

Improving operational efficiency and reducing waste are important goals of any large organization. Opportunities for improvement can exist in many forms, and can be recognized by anyone—not just by those at the executive level. In fact, it is often those that are closest to clinical and administrative workflows that can provide the most useful insights...
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Pick your favorite video streaming service and compare it to a random VCR company. If you were to ask them both if they had a pause button, both could honestly reply “yes”, but it would say little about the important distinctions between the underlying technologies of the two and how they ultimately shape the consumer...
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What is EHR Software?

An electronic health record (EHR) is a centralized digital collection of patient data that has completely replaced paper records in most behavioral health practices. Typical information included in a patient EHR includes medical history, current and past medications, allergy alerts, demographic data, laboratory results, and therapy progress notes. If your practice does not currently use...
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Decorating Your Virtual Therapy Office

We’ve previously talked about designing and decorating your therapy office as an element of your professional care; studies have shown patients respond to the visual atmosphere of the therapy space*. The recent, widespread shift to telehealth, however, has left many behavioral health practitioners wondering how they can apply these same principles of office design to...
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Marketing your Private Practice

It is through no small amount of effort that someone becomes a behavioral healthcare provider. Whether it’s therapy, advanced nursing, or psychiatry, becoming a behavioral healthcare provider requires countless hours of study, certifications, schooling, internships, residencies, seminars, and continuing medical education. In short, providers know their craft, and they know it well. But for those...
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Budgeting for an EHR

Electronic health record (EHR) systems are a big financial commitment for the behavioral healthcare practice. While managers recognize the value of the automation, accessibility, and organization that an EHR provides, they must also be mindful of resources. Budgeting for an EHR can be a big challenge for a first time buyer. Behavioral healthcare practices that...
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Business reporting for Behavioral Health

The most common comment we hear at Valant is “I had phenomenal clinical training but the one class I was never taught in graduate or medical school was How to Run my Practice.” What we have realized is that the cornerstone of running and managing a practice is having proper access to information that will...
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