Jill Shook is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist who thrives on enriching her clients’ lives through speech therapy. She also provides valuable resources for parents and other SLPs who want to start their own practices. She did an extensive evaluation of fifteen different EHRs (and even created a guide!), before ultimately choosing SimplePractice.
On life before SimplePractice:
After a couple years in practice, I needed help with billing. I started using a billing company that my friend recommended, but they required me to do everything on paper. Insurance would send me a paper EOB, and I would have to fax the company a copy of it. They would bill it, and then the EOB would get sent back to me, and it was just this whole process that took a lot of time.
Once I realized how much time and energy this was taking I thought, ‘I’m paying you guys ten percent of every claim to not do very much at all.’ Ten percent is fairly normal, but on the high end. I was paying them all of that money and not really saving much time. I started looking at the price of EHRs and how much I could save by submitting my own claims, and decided I needed to do this on my own!
Billing was the primary reason I needed an EHR, but I also wanted something that allowed me to store my paperwork online instead of keeping paper files like the dark ages. In hindsight, I wish I had started storing my notes and appointments electronically three years ago!