January is a common month for New Year’s Resolutions, for wanting to invoke change, and then finding the energy to do the new “GOAL”. Somewhere in the midst of change, it’s hard to know if you are really going the right direction. I have learned to listen to the concept of “ease vs resistance”. Do not confuse ease with easy–they are very different concepts! Ease is following your intuition, asking questions, and pursuing what feels like you should be doing. My January example would be “let me reach out to Dawn at Above and Beyond Day Spa and see if she has a room for me/if we are a good fit/what my options are. This was followed by talking to my current landlord and was pleasantly surprised “that sure, we can let you out of your lease in February”.
Healthcare and I are very different than when i was a new grad back in 1997. In PT school, we learned nothing about running a business, what insurance paid, or really even to talk about the cost of doing business and making sure that you could provide quality care and pay all the bills.
It has been a blessing to be a Medicare provider and in-network provider for all these years, but what we get paid to provide a service goes down every year, while costs to provide care continues to rise.
Dealing with insurance and having the staff to deal with pre-auth, billing and audits for quality care is exhausting.
My New Year’s Resolution is to Simplify.
I will no longer have someone doing billing. Therefore, if you are under 65 years of age, and want to have self-pay Physical therapy, I can print you a superbill and you can file a claim with your insurance company.
If you are over 65 and have Medicare or a Medicare replacement plan, I can only see you as a wellness client, for my reduced cash rate.
In my attempt to simplify, there are many complicating factors and legalities.
I have to maintain my focus on what my teachers years ago called the Kiss principle: Keep it Simple Silly!
I want to keep practicing and providing excellent care as a physical therapist and a massage therapist, and I need to have the passion and drive to do that for my next 25 years.
The picture i posted above is the last day at the comfort office–many things to focus on–do I stare at the Exit Sign, or the shiny floor? Do i look forward to the future and embrace the challenge of the unknown?
I am choosing to be excited, to work in my “hometown” that I haven’t worked in since 2011.
I am excited to continue to offer John Barnes Myofascial Release, and work in a holistic setting that nurtures me and my clients.
Please be patient with me while i adjust to all my new admin roles, and feel free to ask questions about any of your concerns!
I am excited about living and working here!