September is National Suicide Awareness Month. For mental health clinics, this month highlights an important topic they have to deal with firsthand in their line of work. Some patients will need therapy and medication to help regulate their mental health, some may only require a lifestyle change, but it’s always encouraged to focus on building a better routine. Routines take an average of 66 days according to Healthline, so it’s important to keep at it.
Everyone should, no matter their mental state, try to:
- Stay hydrated.
- Eat 3 meals a day and focus on a balanced, nutritious diet.
- Sleep for around 8 hour every night.
- Avoid blue light screens before bed.
- Exercise regularly.
- Participate in hobbies or hands-on tasks outside of work.
- Socialize with friends and family.
If you are struggling to keep these habits, it may be time to reach out for help. A mental health specialist such as a therapist or psychiatrist can evaluate your mental health and advise ways to manage it. This has become especially important in our current world where we are facing difficult, unprecedented events on the daily, which has caused an increase in depression and anxiety cases.
For clinics focused on mental health services, they should be prepared to properly support their employees and patients. Burnout has also become a bigger topic, so clinics should make sure they have all the resources available to make their employee’s tasks smooth. A software that works well with your clinic’s specific needs, a billing team that keeps up with industry standards, and a front staff that knows the information they need to collect from patients plus when to follow-up.
Billing efficiencies should also include how telehealth has been or can be utilized in their services. Virtual appointments, such as therapy appointments, can be essential for those seeking help. Reaching out is already difficult, but keeping most of the communication online has been easier for many who are new to mental health services. Once you’ve included those services, make sure your billing team knows the correct coding to use so you don’t lose revenue.
Outsource Receivables Inc. proudly works with a variety of specialty clinics across the nation including ones who focus on mental health services. Our team will become the experts in your office’s specific needs and codes used for billing. If you’re in need of expert billing services, contact us to learn more.