CentralReach integrated Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) assessment and reports into our platform, and we’re currently building out additional features to integrate it with goals and program books. Currently, we offer an electronic version of the VB-MAPP with an easy method to conduct assessments and online scoring. We also have auto-generation of reports based on your client’s performance that can be customized and stored all in one place with your client information in CentralReach. Furthermore, you can compare up to 4 assessment results. If you want to learn more about how VB-MAPP works in CentralReach, you can watch this video or go to our VB-MAPP tutorial.

We recently conducted a survey of behavior analysts on how they use the VB-MAPP and gathered feedback on what methods they use and the challenges that they face. Many are using their own manual methods and the majority were “somewhat satisfied” with only a fifth being “very satisfied” with their process today. We received many comments about the process taking too much time from start to finish. To administer, score, create a report, and generate goals took respondents on average five to eight hours for just one client!

Check out the summary of the survey results with the infographic below. If you want a demo of the VB-MAPP features in CentralReach, fill out this easy form, and we’ll set up a time to review with you.

VB-MAPP Infographic

Legislation that mandates ABA insurance coverage is a great opportunity for so many families needing support. It can also be a great opportunity for clinical entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their practice.

The Growing Pains of Growth
As wonderful as this is, it’s understandable if you feel anxious about accepting insurance. After all, most people do not become therapists or open a practice just to make money. Chances are, your passion for helping others is your biggest motivator, and growing administrative duties can quickly diminish this:

  • Tedious claim preparations
  • Mysterious denials and rejections
  • Chasing late payments
  • Insurance applications
  • Cryptic authorizations
  • Very complicated billing
  • Authorizations management
  • More complex schedule management
  • Growing staff management

Embrace the Change, or Brace Yourself?
The good news is if you adequately prepare yourself, accepting insurance isn’t so overwhelming. The sooner you start proactively planning for it, the better off you’ll be. In fact, preparation really boils down to three main things:

  1. Get an NPI: https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/Welcome.do
  2. Start the insurance application and credentialing process as soon possible. First, set up your CAQH file and check to see if your new mandate includes licensure. If so, make sure to sign up early to get “grandfathered” in, as mandates can change the landscape.
  3. Get HIPAA-compliant EHR billing software to manage the granularity of your practice. Make sure it includes document management (authorizations, claims, invoices), billing functionality, and ideally integrated scheduling. It is never is too early to start with software. Just make sure it has the scalability to handle your business today and years down the road.

A Great Investment
A practice management solution may be the best investment you’ll ever make in your growing therapy practice. When you start accepting insurance, the volume of business you handle will increase exponentially. It won’t be long before you realize that pen and paper won’t suffice. And that’s when CentralReach enters the picture. We’re here to help!

For other great pointers for new clinical entrepreneurs, check out our previous blog post: Five Things to Avoid When Opening a New ABA Practice.