Hello Anthony,

I recently purchased “How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice” and enjoyed reading it, thank you. I had a question about insurance credentialing. I would like to start a private practice but don’t imagine I will be ready for clients for at least 6 months from now. I have been offered a “fee for service” position and will be credentialed through their practice. The owner of the practice told me he would get me a CAQH and do the credentialing. My question is do I still need to be

credentialed individually and if I do would it be in my best interest to take the position and get the help with the CAQH? I appreciate any feedback you can give me!

Thank you,

Counselor (name redacted)

Hi Counselor,

Good question.

You asked: “My question is do I still need to be credentialed individually…”

Maybe. If you’re put on a group contract–then yes, it is likely individual credentialing will need to be completed (though the process might go a little faster than if you were starting completely from scratch). If you’re being independently credentialed, you might just need to update your practice address (or add an address) if you were wanting to practice elsewhere.
You also asked: “…and if I do would it be in my best interest to take the position and get the help with the CAQH?”

Take the position if you want to be part of the company and want to build a caseload and do good work for this practice. Don’t take the position because you want someone to complete your CAQH and pay for your credentialing so you can leave in a few months and build a caseload elsewhere.

I’m not saying you’re doing this, but some counselors (and other healthcare providers) do. Be very upfront with your potential employer about your long term goals. If they are investing in your credentialing, it’s likely they’ll want you to stay on their team for a long time.

You can work with a credentialing team who will take over the process for you. If you’re looking for medical billing or credentialing help, consider our friends at East Meadow Management Group. They’re available to offer a timely quote, or help you find a solution. You can reach them at  516-277-8291 or by filling out this quick and easy form here.

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Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore, PhD, is Founder and Chair at Thriveworks — a counseling practice focused on premium client care, with 340+ locations across the US. Anthony is a Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and author of "How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice". He is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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