Business Strategies for a Caring Profession: A Practitioner's Guidebook

American Psychological Association Practice Directorate
Pages: 159
Item #: 4317440
ISBN: 978-1-55798-254-4
List Price: $14.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $14.95
Copyright: 1994
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

The conventional methods of how psychological practices are structured, how patients are referred, and how practitioners are reimbursed for their services no longer meet the challenges of the changing health care environment. Psychological service providers today face managed care, complex business and insurance requirements, and a competitive and demanding marketplace. Business Strategies provides information about how to organize the business aspects of a practice, successfully obtain service contracts, and provide needed billing and statistical information.

This book describes

  • different models of practice
  • business policies and procedures
  • how to position the practice to compete in the marketplace

Business Strategies is written both as a reference and as a tool to help psychologists practice in today's marketplace. As the market shifts toward organized and integrated systems of care, your response will require planning and adjustment.

Table of Contents

List of Forms, Charts, and Worksheets



  1. Introduction: The Need for a Guidebook
  2. Environmental Assessment: A Look at the Health Care and Mental Health Care Marketplace
  3. Trends in Mental Health Care Delivery: The Corporatization of a Caring Profession
  4. Models of Practice: Determining Which Type of Organization Is Best
  5. Developing Plans: Assessing Your Situation and Taking Action
  6. Making Your Practice a Successful Business: Putting Business Into Practice and Practice Into Business
  7. Conclusion: The Practice of the Future


  • Practice Analysis Tools
  • American Psychological Association Resources
  • Record Keeping Guidelines

Selected References