Survey of MN MH Clinicians about fees, v 2, 2021

Survey of MN MH Clinicians about fees, v 2, 2021

MHConcierge requested community info – and got 373 responses! Copyright MHConcierge 2021 – you are welcome to share the link to this post but use for commercial purposes without permission is forbidden. BACKGROUND I did an initial survey about fees charged by Minnesota mental health clinicians in 2017. The idea for the survey came from an article in the APA journal Practice Innovations,  Koocher, & Soibatian,  (2017). “Understanding Fees in Mental Health Practice.” Practice Innovations, 2(3), 123-135.  The authors recommended “being aware of “the normative fees for mental health services in your geographic area” as one important factor for setting your

Some Thoughts on Napping, Brain Power and Sleep

Some Thoughts on Napping, Brain Power and Sleep

To sleep during the day, perchance to restore clarity of mind? This is a subject of ongoing scientific research.  Napping is viewed by many as a compensatory restorative process due to poor sleep the night before or for mitigating daytime somnolence.  Studies have demonstrated that partial acute or chronic sleep deprivation at night leads to errors in thinking, mathematical calculations and erosion of working memory – the ability to hold information on our mental screen and act upon it.

Musings on The Nature of Sleep and COVID-19

Musings on The Nature of Sleep and COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has created misery, suffering and hardship on a global scale. If there is any silver lining, it might be the renewed appreciation of our fundamental linkage with the physical environment and what that means not just for survival, but for resilience as a species. I write on sleep topics and human behavior and emphasize our basic, culturally universal homeostatic and circadian rhythms linked to the solar day/night.

Considering a telehealth-only practice from your home? Here are some preliminary issues to consider.

Considering a telehealth-only practice from your home?  Here are some preliminary issues to consider.

Therapists and other mental health clinicians have relied on telehealth to continue to provide services during these difficult times. Some are working from home, and find that this works pretty well. Some are considering closing their brick-and-mortar office and transitioning to a home office, providing telehealth-only services.  MHConcierge wonders whether and how this will work, and if there might be unforeseen consequences.  To get help with these questions, I posted questions on several local and national listservs. I also sent questions to Provider Relations staff at 5 Minnesota insurance companies: BCBS MN, Medica/UHC/Optum, HealthPartners, UCare and PreferedOne.

Covid 19 office document template

Covid 19 office document template

You are welcome to copy and use this template – MHConcierge. We are carefully monitoring information about COVID 19, or the Corona Virus, in Minnesota. We understand that there is a lot of anxiety and confusion about the virus. While it is not yet established in our community, it is evident that there is a risk of this that we all must consider. Here is what we are doing to minimize risk in our office We ask that if you are ill with any potential COVID 19 (or flu) symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose and fever)  or have been exposed to someone