The Essential Guide to Group Practice in Mental Health: Clinical, Legal, and Financial Fundamentals

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Overview

Whether you are an experienced clinician or a newly graduated professional, today's changing economic environment can make the business of practice seem especially daunting. This indispensable manual is based on a simple idea: In a consolidating health care world, you cannot (and don't have to!) go it alone. Demonstrating that collaboration is the key to successful, quality-oriented private practice, the book provides the concrete information you need to affiliate with a group practice for the first time, expand an existing group practice, or conceive and build a practice venture from the ground up. With a wealth of hands-on exercises and extensive interviews with leaders in the field, Simon Budman and Brett Steenbarger help you take greater control of your career and make crucial decisions for your professional future.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Anticipating the decline of solo practice, behavioral health practitioners have stampeded into group practices, only to find to their dismay that a poorly constructed group practice has little attraction to the purchasers of health care. Budman and Steenbarger have conducted an intensive investigation of flourishing group practices, and have brilliantly dissected the components leading to their success. These elements are presented here in practical, doable steps. Stop--do not join or attempt to form a group practice until you have read this book! It may mean the difference between whether or not you are still in practice five years from now." --Nicholas Cummings, PhD, ScD, President, Foundation for Behavioral Health, Former President, American Psychological Association

"The behavioral health field is rapidly moving toward group practices and integrated delivery systems, making it increasingly difficult for the lone practitioner to survive. Budman and Steenbarger's book offers the practicing professional the knowledge and expertise needed to survive. This guide will serve readers as an invaluable tool and reference as they move into an uncertain future. I highly recommend the book for clinicians in all phases of their practice growth." --Richard S. Edley, PhD, Executive Vice President, Managed Networks of America

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"Anticipating the decline of solo practice, behavioral health practitioners have stampeded into group practices, only to find to their dismay that a poorly constructed group practice has little attraction to the purchasers of health care. Budman and Steenbarger have conducted an intensive investigation of flourishing group practices, and have brilliantly dissected the components leading to their success. These elements are presented here in practical, doable steps. Stop--do not join or attempt to form a group practice until you have read this book! It may mean the difference between whether or not you are still in practice five years from now." --Nicholas Cummings, PhD, ScD, President, Foundation for Behavioral Health, Former President, American Psychological Association

"The behavioral health field is rapidly moving toward group practices and integrated delivery systems, making it increasingly difficult for the lone practitioner to survive. Budman and Steenbarger's book offers the practicing professional the knowledge and expertise needed to survive. This guide will serve readers as an invaluable tool and reference as they move into an uncertain future. I highly recommend the book for clinicians in all phases of their practice growth." --Richard S. Edley, PhD, Executive Vice President, Managed Networks of America

Harry M. Shallcross
This book provides a comprehensive guide to the development of outpatient group mental health practices in the competitive and consolidating healthcare environment of the late 1990s. It walks the would-be mental health entrepreneur through a step-by-step approach to the development of collaborative practices in an era where solo practice is no longer economically feasible, or even clinically appropriate. The book's purpose is to assist practitioners who wish to adapt to this new environment and preserve the integrity, independence, and economic viability of their clinical practice. It educates them on the basic financial, legal, and clinical requirements to form a competitive group practice. Preserving the practice of psychotherapy in an economic environment that devalues it to the point of near extinction is a worthy objective. The book is a detailed, useful collection of information, resources, and tips to negotiate the difficult path to establishing a successful, collaborative group practice. The book is written for the practitioner willing and able to expend the considerable effort required to develop a competitive practice in the current market. It challenges those committed to psychotherapy to develop the attitudes and skills needed to make the substantial transformation required to preserve the viability of outpatient psychotherapy as a business, and to reach out to others interested in collaborating for the same objectives. The authors (particularly Budman) have worked extensively as clinicians and consultants to practices, and are very credible in their presentation. The book is full of extra features, including interviews with industry leaders, resource references, andspecific case studies. It is well written, and well organized, with many graphics and inserts, but occasionally the presentation is a bit busy. This is a well written, well researched, and very timely book. It provides a useful and constructive approach to developing new business and clinical practices for psychotherapy. It is a refreshing alternative to those people who simply bemoan the demise of solo practice. It is a very useful resource for those practitioners wishing to move forward into the brave new world of health care consolidation and collaboration.
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Reviewer:Harry M. Shallcross, PhD (Private Practice)
Description:This book provides a comprehensive guide to the development of outpatient group mental health practices in the competitive and consolidating healthcare environment of the late 1990s. It walks the would-be mental health entrepreneur through a step-by-step approach to the development of collaborative practices in an era where solo practice is no longer economically feasible, or even clinically appropriate.
Purpose:The book's purpose is to assist practitioners who wish to adapt to this new environment and preserve the integrity, independence, and economic viability of their clinical practice. It educates them on the basic financial, legal, and clinical requirements to form a competitive group practice. Preserving the practice of psychotherapy in an economic environment that devalues it to the point of near extinction is a worthy objective. The book is a detailed, useful collection of information, resources, and tips to negotiate the difficult path to establishing a successful, collaborative group practice.
Audience:The book is written for the practitioner willing and able to expend the considerable effort required to develop a competitive practice in the current market. It challenges those committed to psychotherapy to develop the attitudes and skills needed to make the substantial transformation required to preserve the viability of outpatient psychotherapy as a business, and to reach out to others interested in collaborating for the same objectives. The authors (particularly Budman) have worked extensively as clinicians and consultants to practices, and are verycredible in their presentation.
Features:The book is full of extra features, including interviews with industry leaders, resource references, and specific case studies. It is well written, and well organized, with many graphics and inserts, but occasionally the presentation is a bit busy.
Assessment:This is a well written, well researched, and very timely book. It provides a useful and constructive approach to developing new business and clinical practices for psychotherapy. It is a refreshing alternative to those people who simply bemoan the demise of solo practice. It is a very useful resource for those practitioners wishing to move forward into the brave new world of health care consolidation and collaboration.
Booknews
As managed healthcare and other pressures act as disincentives for mental health practitioners to remain in private practice, some fear that they are being herded into untenable "groupthink" situations. Practical reassurance for thriving with professional, fiscal, and mental integrity intact within collaborative service provider arrangements are offered by Budman (Harvard Medical School) and Steenbarger (SUNY Health Science Center; Syracuse, NY). Mercifully, they note that they pruned their initial 1,000 page manuscript into this more manageable guide on: trends in the profession, legal structures for group practices (even your ideal one), developing a business plan, management by information, lessons from successful collaborations, and further resources. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572302549
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: The Clinician's Toolbox
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 7.23 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author


Simon H. Budman, PhD, a leader in the development of new models for behavioral health care, is the president and founder of Innovative Training Systems (ITS) in Newton, Massachusetts. ITS provides training, consulting and new product development services to managed care companies, group practices, hospitals, community mental health centers and HMOs around the country. A faculty member of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Budman is past Director of Mental Health Training and Mental Health Research at the Harvard Community Health Plan. He is coauthor (with Alan S. Gurman) of the widely acclaimed Theory and Practice of Brief Therapy.

Brett N. Steenbarger, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of Student Counseling at the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He has served as founding member and practice manager of PrimeCare of Central New York, Inc., an 80-member multidisciplinary behavioral health network, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on brief therapy and behavioral health care. He currently edits psycOH!, an online continuing education publication for behavioral health practitioners.

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Preface
1. Collaborative Practice: Key to the Future of Mental Health
2. Planning Your Ideal Practice
3. Legal Structures for Group Practices: Fitting Form to Function
4. Developing a Business Plan and Financing the Practice
5. Management by Information: Integrating Science and Practice in the Collaborative Practice
6. Designing Collaborative Clinical Services
7. Lessons from Successful Collaborations
Appendix: Resource List
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Table of Contents


Preface
1. Collaborative Practice: Key to the Future of Mental Health
2. Planning Your Ideal Practice
3. Legal Structures for Group Practices: Fitting Form to Function
4. Developing a Business Plan and Financing the Practice
5. Management by Information: Integrating Science and Practice in the Collaborative Practice
6. Designing Collaborative Clinical Services
7. Lessons from Successful Collaborations
Appendix: Resource List
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