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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a welcome addition to an ever-changing and complex field of practice in which clinicians are constantly in need of reliable documentation templates. This latest edition is fully updated for current practice, with increased coverage of HIPAA rules and implementation, office safety guidelines, and how to set up a website for a therapy practice.
Purpose: As in all of this author's books, The Paper Office is designed to help practicing clinicians do what they do best — practice. The book is designed to help them and their practices become less vulnerable, more efficient, and more profitable and stable as a business. Clinicians receive the needed guidance on proper documentation using the provided forms, guidelines, and resources, all of which help to ensure an ethical and legal practice.
Audience: Both newly minted and currently practicing clinicians will benefit immensely from this latest edition. Not only will clinicians be able to reduce the legal risks of practicing, they will also be able to promote profitability by streamlining documentation. The author is an expert on documentation in clinical practice.
Features: What doesn't this book cover? This is one of the most thorough resources on ethical and legal documentation available. The author not only discusses what clinicians need to document, he also demonstrates how with reproducible forms and templates in the book and on the enclosed CD. Having all of the forms on CD alone is worth the price of this book. It covers the most basic documentation needs such as stationery and cards as well as ethical aspects of self-presentation, confidentiality, and release of records. The discussion of working and dealing with managed care organizations is a highlight of this book.
Assessment: The author does it again with this fourth edition. All mental health practitioners need to have a copy of this book, not just for themselves, but also for the livelihood of their practice.