Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Professional Books -- Maximizing Third-Party Reimbursement in Your Mental Health Practice by R. F. Small

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Professional Books -- Maximizing Third-Party Reimbursement in Your Mental Health Practice by R. F. Small

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Small, R. F. (1990). Maximizing third-party reimbursement in your mental health practice. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Exchange, 137 pp., no price.

What a vision of plenty the title of this book conjures up in the reimbursement hungry mind of the family therapist. Perhaps this work will provide the key to unlock the "clubhouse door" enabling us, finally, to dine at the bountiful table of eligible providers. Alas, that is not the case--nor could it be.

Dr. Small is forthright about his intentions: "My goal is to present a readable, practical guide to third-party reimbursement. Explanations of insurance terms and concepts are provided to give practitioners a perspective and database so that they can evaluate unique situations that will affect their practices." And he achieves that goal. However, he is far too modest since in fact he has crafted the most readable, fast-paced, comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to the increasingly complex, rapidly changing world of reimbursement issues and management of mental health care that I have seen.

This book takes the reader from basic concepts with wonderfully clear definitions of types of insurance plans and their nuances, including freedom of choice, self-insurance, Erisa, managed care, and employee assistance plans--all in eight pages--to a step-by-step explanation of how to fill out each section of the standard insurance claim form. …

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