Working with Insurance and Other Private Practice Tips with Danielle Kepler: Ep. 09

Working with insurance can present quite a challenge to any therapist. Our guest on the show this week is Danielle Kepler, LCPC, who runs DK Therapy which is located in downtown Chicago. Danielle also offers consultation services to other clinicians hoping to open their own insurance-based practice through her business, Be Your Own Biller LLC. With her vast amount of experience in the field, Danielle was able to share great information with Megan on dealing with insurance and billing as a counselor, as well as running a private practice.

Danielle completed her undergraduate degree at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and her graduate training at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is also trained in both Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and offers workshops for couples throughout Chicagoland.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Factors to consider when choosing a location for your private practice.
  • The process of getting paneled with insurance.
  • How to submit a claim form to insurance.
  • How insurance companies handle teletherapy sessions.
  • And a great deal more!

Featured on the Show:

Counseling Spotlight: Be Your Own Biller LLC

The prospect of starting a practice, navigating the world of insurance billing, and more, can seem daunting or even overwhelming to many clinicians. Be Your Own Biller LLC, founded by Danielle Kepler, aims to solve this problem. She accomplishes this through empowering clinicians by guiding them every step of the way from credentialing with insurance panels to billing without the need of long-term support.

The mission of Be Your Own Biller is simple. Danielle endeavors to “empower clinicians to feel confident and gain knowledge to be able to credential and bill insurance without the need of an additional expense of a biller or a credentialing company.”

Particularly as counseling services, along with an increasing percentage of mental health and diagnostic medical services move to a virtual setting, the cost savings of billing and credentialing yourself are more important than ever.

Be Your Own Biller also has a number of courses and products available, including:

  • Insurance Credentialing Bootcamp: A course designed for clinicians beginning the insurance process to guide you through all you need to become paneled with insurance companies.
  • Credentialing Starter Kit: Tips, Cheat Sheets, Checklists, and more to help clinicians who are brand new to insurance credentialing and are looking for step-by-step guidance.
  • The Insurance Panel Application Cheat Sheet: Links clinicians directly to all of the major national insurance plan’s applications so they can simplify the credentialing process without having to search endlessly for the mental health applications. Updated links for Tricare East and West also included.
  • Adding Telehealth to Your Insurance-Based Practice E-Book: A comprehensive guide for clinicians who want to add telehealth to their insurance-based practices.

Interested clinicians can either get direct consulting from Danielle, or connect online to learn more about other products offered.

Best of the Counseling and Mental Health Web: Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

Each episode we award a site or organization as the “Best of the Counseling and Mental Health Web”… as selected by Mastering Counseling Podcast listeners! Whether you’re a current mental health professional, or a student studying to become one, there are so many great resources out there discussing counseling and mental health. Some of these resources could even help your clients and be worth recommending to them.

As a reminder, if you ever have a suggestion for a resource or organization we should recommend, drop us a line via email, Faceook, or Twitter!

This week we’re happy to recognize Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America or SARDAA for their fantastic online resources.

SARDAA promotes improvement in the lives of people with schizophrenia-related disorders and their families. More specifically, their mission is to promote hope and recovery through support programs, education, collaboration, and advocacy. Their vision is “that every person living with a schizophrenia-related brain disorder receives respect, appropriate treatment and an opportunity to live a meaningful and satisfying life in a compassionate community free of discrimination.”

They accomplish this online by offering a helpful site with information about schizophrenia, links and more to government agencies and other organizations covering the topic, and more. They even have a schizophrenia app available for download to help individuals or their loved ones with schizophrenia and related disorders.

There’s so much to pour through, so if you’d like to learn more, be sure to connect with them online.

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