Pre visit Questionnaire

Peter Forster About GPS, Best Practices

For more than a year we’ve been sending out reminders about future appointments along with a link to a pre-visit survey form. The idea for doing this originally came from new documentation requirements that were embedded in a revision of the standard billing codes for psychiatry a couple of years ago. We realize that the new documentation requirements would take …

Frequency of Visits

Peter Forster About GPS, Best Practices, Costs of Treatment

The frequency of visits to the clinic can be a source of considerable irritation. Why do we recommend that people come in once a week, or once every two weeks, or once a month, or less often? A wonderful young man I have been seeing for several years got very angry when I replied to his request to reschedule his appointment …

Behind the Scenes

Peter Forster About GPS, Testing

A lot of what takes place that makes it possible for us to provide the best patient care is not visible. We spend lots of time reviewing records, participating in case conferences and informal consultation to make sure that nothing gets missed in our assessment and ongoing treatment. I spent the past weekend going over patient records for everyone in …

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Jobs

Peter Forster About GPS

Psychiatric nurse practitioner jobs are fairly numerous in California, but we think we may have a unique opportunity for the right applicant. This has been a very busy fall at Gateway, we are in the midst of significant expansion in the practice with the result that we are looking to hire another psychiatric and mental health nurse practioner for our …

Active Treatment

Peter Forster About GPS

Why are we so insistent that people in “active treatment” at Gateway Psychiatric, have to always have a future appointment, and must discuss with us the issue of visit frequency? Why don’t we let them come in when they feel the need? Today we were meeting with someone who was asking all of those questions and who also, in many …