How do I start?
- Hi all,
I am a rather amitious person, and would like to know if anyone can
point me in the right direction. I would like to start my own
practice, but right now, I have no idea where to even begin. What
kind of buisiness licenses/insurance do i need? Once that is taken
care of how do I start the billing side of things? Do I need to get
some sort of accredidation for billing? Do I need my own UPIN for
insurances other than Medicare?
Thanks for any info you can provide me..
I've been researching this for a while now and can empathise with
your frustration. If you go to PTManager.com you can download a
timeline for starting a practice which is somewhat helpful. The
magazine Advance Rehabilitation for Directors usually has one or two
rehab business articles in them each month which does help provide
some information also. It is free to register also. In the Advance
for PT's/PTA's you'll find CEU type courses in the back for starting
a private practice. One of them is at www.medicalarts4u.com (Peter
Guske PT). I recently purchased for $35 a "Starting a Professional
Private Practice" guide by Iris Kimberg, MS PT,OTR (in NYC). She can
be reached at info@... She usually issues the guide
as part of a CEU course but if you have no plans to go to NY anytime
soon, you could just purchase the guide. Both are available for
As far as the business end of things go, I would go to the Small
Business Administration (www.sba.gov) and as for a Small Business
start up kit to be sent to you (free). Within the SBA, there is a
group called "SCORE," which is composed of retired executives who
hold seminars ( I think about $30 ). I found this seminar to be very
helpful. I signed up for a mentor who did call but he was more
interested in pushing me towards starting a home health business
which is not my schtick. Anyway, there are local SBA's all over and
each major metro area should have a SCORE chapter nearby them as
well. www.nolo.com is a legal website which also can provide business
related general legal info.
The other option would be to contact a fellow PT in private practice
in your general area or your family physician or a local
chiropractor. They all have to go through essentially the same
I hope this helps, at least through the websites or people listed
above, you should have a better idea of where to start. I'n not sure
what to tell you regarding billing at this point as I have yet to get
Ryan Gephart, PT, CSCS
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> Hi all,get
> I am a rather amitious person, and would like to know if anyone can
> point me in the right direction. I would like to start my own
> practice, but right now, I have no idea where to even begin. What
> kind of buisiness licenses/insurance do i need? Once that is taken
> care of how do I start the billing side of things? Do I need to
> some sort of accredidation for billing? Do I need my own UPIN for
> insurances other than Medicare?
> Thanks for any info you can provide me..
> Ed Sporbert