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HT064 - Going Out of Network
Delise Dickard, EdD, LPC
Podcast transcript available by clicking here.
Many private practice clinicians work hard to get on the panel of various insurance companies. Then they sometimes get frustrated with those same insurance companies. What are they to do? Some are choosing to “Go Out of Network”. Instead of billing an insurance company, they collect their fee from the client and provide the client with a receipt or a superbill. The client then bills the insurance company themselves or simply pays cash without involving their insurance company. How do they do it? Our presenter explains her process of going out of network.
Presenter: Delise Dickard, EdD, LPC is Riverside Counseling Center’s founder and clinical director. She has worked in the mental health field since 1984 and founded Riverside Counseling in 2001. She is licensed by the Virginia Board of Counseling and is a member of the American Counseling Association. Her experience includes employment at the Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education, the Current Treatment Center of Stafford, Fredericksburg Counseling Service, and Rutherford House, where she started her career as a counselor and juvenile case worker. She completed her doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Sarasota and is trained in EMDR, a form of psychotherapy developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences.
An award-winning playwright, Dr. Dickard also earned a master's degree in drama from Harvard University. She has published mental health columns, in a series called "Mindset," for the "Healthy Living" section of The Free Lance Star newspaper.
Among others, Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks the following questions:
- How did you start your practice and did you do so with an intention of working out of network?
- What were some of the bumps in the road?
- Were there some other strategies you began to use to market your services.
- We hear a lot about finding a special "niche" what do you think about that?
- So how do you know where you set your price?
- Do you ever have a sliding scale?
- When people call and just expect you to be in network with their well-known insurance company how do you handle this?
- Aren't there some people who call and really need to use their in-network benefits?
- Are your sessions any different because you are working fee for service?
- Is there any question I haven't asked?
Running time: 49:20 minutes