Mental health treatment plans serve as a blueprint that lead to better clinical outcomes. They are essential to providing exceptional behavioral healthcare for your clients, but they are also a critical part of whether or not you will be reimbursed for your services.
Some commercial insurances and most managed care organizations require that mental health treatment plans be completed for every person in treatment. There are often many different ways to treat the same problem, and there are dozens of different paths a treatment could take. Many payers offer specific guidelines regarding what should go into a mental health treatment plan and how frequently plans should be updated and reviewed.
If you aren’t documenting your mental health treatment plans, there is a chance you might be leaving money on the table. It’s why using an EHR designed specifically for mental and behavioral health providers is so important. Setting a timeline for treatment progress includes specific milestones that must be tracked. They include:
- Defining the problem or ailment
- Identifying the major treatment goals
- Setting a timeline for progress
- Noting important milestones and objectives
- Assessment and Diagnosis
- Goals and objectives
- Providing resources that could assist a client in accomplishing their goals
- Referrals (if needed)
- Coordination of services (if needed)
- A signature
If you need help developing mental health treatment plans, Five Tips for Developing Effective Client Outcomes is a great resource to get you started.
A behavioral health EHR like NextStep makes it easy to meet these requirements, while assuring your records are HIPAA compliant, ensuring the confidentiality of your client. NextStep also allows you to tailor your treatment plans to mirror clinical workflows so information is easily transferred from one part of a patient chart to another–for quick and easy access. For example, intake assessments are automatically pulled into the mental health treatment plan to avoid the duplication of work, while also avoiding the risk of manual error.
Simplify and streamline your process for mental health treatment plans and see what a difference it can make in your client outcomes and your bottom line. Achieve more with NextStep!