Running a therapy practice is not an easy task by any measure. First, there is ensuring the quality of service and care that is offered and delivered to patients. When that is taken care of, you confront the challenge of setting up and sustaining seamless operations behind the stage, i.e., the back end. Now, unlike what you may be inclined to believe — running a practice is much more than simply putting in some data in an Excel sheet. It is, as a matter of fact, an intricate process that extends well beyond merely maintaining patients’ records. Operating a practice also involves things like billing, scheduling, claims management, portals for clients/patients, and so much more. So, yeah, it is a complex process.

Thankfully, if there’s one thing you should know about modern technology, let it be this: There’s always a solution to everything. So, to help ease the intricate nature of running a practice, technology has presented this industry with these nifty tools, generally referred to as ‘billing and practice management platforms.’ Generally speaking, these are basically solutions offered by myriad vendors and providers that facilitate secure not only billing but also streamlined management of the practice. Even a generic description makes it amply clear that they are quite crucial to the industry. But that doesn’t mean you should rush to choose one for your practice without giving the decision much thought. It is vital that you carefully evaluate the features and costs involved. Allow us to help you out a little here.

1. Features
While one may understandably want to ensure that their solution offers ALL possible features, it is highly advisable that you pick one that provides just enough to fit your requirements. Of course, this will be subjective, but we have listed some of the most basic and essential ones that should ideally be available with any such tool.

• Billing and invoicing: This one may seem a tad redundant to mention, but since it is so crucial, we’ll say it nonetheless. And make sure it includes the ability to generate invoices as well as other requisite documents.
• Scheduling: This feature should be able to integrate with any existing calendar that may be in use in the practice.
• Portal for clients: This feature helps enhance the convenience available to clients. So, these portals can be used to allow them to book appointments, chat with their therapist, and more.

2. Cost
Quite frankly —this one is entirely subjective, i.e., depends on a variety of factors. It will include things like features you want, the size of your practice, and more. But just to give you an idea about what you should expect: there will be a base fee involved. In addition to that, you may need to pay for a billing professional, should you feel the need to hire one.

So, no matter if you opt for a Drupal-based therapy practice management system or choose another, be sure to evaluate your options before making the final decision carefully.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software. This article showcases the ways to pick the best platforms for therapy billing and practice management.