17. Developing a Practice outside of Managed Care

  1. Chris E. Stout
  1. Steven Walfish

Published Online: 24 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch17

Getting Better at Private Practice

Getting Better at Private Practice

How to Cite

Walfish, S. (2012) Developing a Practice outside of Managed Care, in Getting Better at Private Practice (ed C. E. Stout), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch17

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470903988

Online ISBN: 9781118089972

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Keywords:

  • managed care;
  • entrepreneurship;
  • private practice;
  • fee-for-service;
  • out-of-network

Summary

Most clinicians would prefer to practice outside of the insurance system. However, they feel trapped because they do not know how to develop a practice that falls outside of the purview of managed care. As mental health professionals we have a skill set that, if utilized correctly, can produce a satisfying and economically viable practice that does not involve being a provider for an insurance carrier or managed care company. However, in order to do so, clinicians must: (a) have an attitude shift in what it means to earn a living as a private practitioner; (b) be willing to use their entire skill set including assessment, psychotherapy, consultation, writing, teaching, research, and developing products; and (c) develop the mind-set of an entrepreneur and small business owner. Examples of how clinical social workers and psychologists in private practice are utilizing their skill sets in create ways are highlighted.