When you are starting a practice, there are several books that are required reading. One needs to learn about business, coding, billing, documentation, etc. There is no shortage of the material you are reading before and during startup. I know that I went to bed nightly with something…and often still do – usually something about coding. So, to start you off reading, here are a few suggestions:
Carolyn Buppert’s book is considered by many to be the gold standard for Nurse Practitioners needing and wanting to learn more about the business of being an NP. It will give you a working foundation of the business and legal issues that NP’s need to be aware of. There is information in to calculate your worth, negotiate a contract and what you need as far as insurance goes. There is also lots of good information on getting yourself set up for business and what you need to pay attention to.
While I’ve not personally read this book, several NP’s have and highly recommend it! Carla Anderson, NP in Portland, OR is opening her own practice, and has this to say about it:
I would highly recommend the book by Carolyn Zaumeyer “How to Start an Independent Practice”. It has 54 pages of marketing ideas, and some anecdotes about her own practice “Women’s Health Watch which she established in
in 1994. One of the things she mentioned is that she wished she had a website sooner, as it is a great marketing and informational tool to tell about your practice and your mission. Florida
Let us know what you recommend.