Mental Health Professional
How much do you know about getting credentialed? Chances are if you know anything about it and you still aren’t credentialed the odds are you stopped before pulling all of your hair out. The rumors are true– the medical credentialing process is frustrating, time consuming, confusing and will leave you needing your own mental health services.
Nevermind the ten pound stack of paperwork that requires every single line filled in completely for fear that the slightest omission will kick the entire thing back to you and you’ll have to start all over again.
Nevermind the agonizing months’ long process of following up to ensure that every scrap of paperwork you filled out has been received and processed correctly by the insurance company.
Nevermind that there will be a thousand more pieces of documents the insurance company will need you to submit in addition to your original application and if any one of those is left out, you could start the entire process over again.
It takes a village but so far you’ve been the only one left holding the bag to do it (like you don’t have anything else to do). And if one thing goes unnoticed it could result in money falling through the cracks. Perhaps none of it seemed worth it to get credentialed up to this point?
But here’s why it’s worth it.
Mental health credentialing helps your patients
When you become an in-network provider to insurance companies, you automatically become more visible to potential patients. They’re able to pick from a list of providers and if you are in their area, there’s a greater likelihood that they could choose you. And since we assume you’re stellar at what you do, then more people are benefiting by being able to become your new patient. This means that those who are unsure about seeking mental health therapy or don’t know which therapist to choose can interact with you which can mean all the difference in their healing and recovery. Basically, you’re empowering your future clients with the ability to work with you.
This goes beyond insurance coverage
Yes, of course you reap several benefits by being part of a network. Specifically, a lot of marketing is taken care of just by being on the insurance websites. You’ll get an influx of new patients somewhat regularly. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have to market your practice in other ways, but it is a great way to get a steady stream of patients coming to you instead of you having to go out and find them.
But there’s something so much more important to you that happens when you complete the insurance credentialing process. You get to help more people. And not just help them, but affect their lives forever. That’s really why you chose your career as a mental health professional, right? You knew that you had a gift for seeing people and listening to who they are and who they want to become. And the only way to do that is to have patients you can help. So the best way to do that is to get credentialed. But that brings with it a new problem.
The more you focus on the credentialing process the less you can give to your clients-- something’s gotta give
There’s no way in the world that you could give your clients 1000% of you while focusing all your efforts on making follow up phone calls about the status of your paperwork where- let’s face it- you’d be on hold most of the time, or confirming whether your middle name begins with a “G” or an “E” lest the entire thing be rejected.
It’s a HUGE job full of intricate details that can’t be properly managed by a glance or the assumption that everything “looks fine.” Miss one important detail and it could take MONTHS before you ever notice or you’re notified by the insurance company.
You need a team of professionals who do this full-time to handle the delicate matter of the credentialing process.
Here’s what it looks like to have us working on your behalf
We are the most thorough credentialing service out there and we take what you do for your patients seriously. Just as you ensure that your patients feel comfortable and leave empowered that they are in control of their lives at all times, we do the same for you. This isn’t a game. It’s a mission each and everyday to take care of this credentialing process for you so you can do what you do best- help heal your patients.
There is a right way to handle the credentialing process and a wrong way. If you’re interested in getting credentialed the right way, give us a call at Neolytix. We’ll share what we do with you and if you don’t like any part of it, we will refer you to a better match.
One word of warning, though. We’re confident that you won’t find a better mental health credentialing service out there and we’re ready to back our statement up with our actions. Reach out to us and let’s talk about it.
We can help.