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The Nuts & Bolts of Private Practice
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When: 8/3/2014
10am- 5pm
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway
Suite 1001
New York 10004
Presenter: Lynne Spevack

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Members $150
Non-members $250

This one day (6 hour) workshop provides an overview of many of the business and professional considerations involved in launching and maintaining a private practice.  This workshop is appropriate for both seasoned private practitioners as well as licensed clinicians new to private practice. Please note that this workshop will not cover marketing or fees.

Here’s a preview of just a few of the many topics this workshop will cover:
Insurance Considerations
including, among other things:


  • billing for in-network and out-of-network services
  • new CPT coding and its implementation
  • understanding the concept of medical necessity and how this positions you to effectively respond to treatment plan reviews

  • audit triggers and audit preparedness
  • what every private practitioner needs to know about Medicare – even if you plan never to see a Medicare client

  • protecting yourself from insurance company scams
  • how to respond when an insurance company delays paying you for your services

Risk Management
Including, among other things


  • how to minimize the chance of being charged with professional misconduct 
  • how to be well positioned to defend yourself if you do face charges

  • how to avoid some of the potential legal risks involved in providing services by telephone and video call services like Skype

How Best to Protect Your Financial Assets
  • is incorporation beneficial?
  • professional liability insurance and other insurance options to consider 

The DSM-5
  • is it necessary to own a copy? 
  • what’s essential to know about the new DSM-5? 

including, among other things
  • record retention requirements and recommendations
  • being prepared to respond to requests for records and subpoenas
  • how to determine if your practice needs to be HIPAA compliant

Including, among other things:
  • what tax forms you need to know about 
  • what deductions you can take
  • local tax responsibilities you should be aware of
  • how to avoid the additional expense of late payment penalties and interest 

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