Making the Move to Private Practice: Using Your Sense To Make Cents Making the move to private practice can be an exciting and challenging proposition. There are many practical, professional, and personnel issues to consider. This tutorial provides practical suggestions for transitioning into a private practice including considerations for referral base, office space, personnel, and practice management. In addition, two major health-care ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2010
Making the Move to Private Practice: Using Your Sense To Make Cents
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Dee Adams Nikjeh
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Health Care Economics Committee and Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, Clearwater, FL
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Linda M. Carroll
    Private Practice, New York, NY
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
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Article   |   March 01, 2010
Making the Move to Private Practice: Using Your Sense To Make Cents
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2010, Vol. 20, 22-37. doi:10.1044/vvd20.1.22
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2010, Vol. 20, 22-37. doi:10.1044/vvd20.1.22
Abstract

Making the move to private practice can be an exciting and challenging proposition. There are many practical, professional, and personnel issues to consider. This tutorial provides practical suggestions for transitioning into a private practice including considerations for referral base, office space, personnel, and practice management. In addition, two major health-care coding systems are described, and the relationship of these systems to clinical documentation (Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and equitable reimbursement) is explained. Information about the use of coding edits and coding modifiers is provided. Also included in this tutorial is a brief discussion of the impact that Public Law 110-275: Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 has had on the valuation of speech-language pathology procedure codes, particularly for assessment and treatment of individuals with voice disorders.

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