When it comes to online scheduling, Acuity is my favorite of the HIPAA-compliant platforms out there, making it easy-peasy for someone to land on my website, learn about my services, and book an appointment all without any texting back-and-forth about time. But Acuity can do so much more for you—and even increase client self-efficacy.
What does it mean to be a small business owner and a compassionate lactation consultant? We got into this business because we love caring for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. But excellent clinical skills don’t always coincide with business and financial savvy. If you can relate, we’ve got you covered.
How do you set your fees so that they’re fair and compassionate to your clients… without undervaluing your worth? In this episode, we talk through the tough topic of setting your fees for your private lactation practice. Money is an uncomfortable topic for many people, especially women. And it can be difficult to ask for what your work is actually worth (or even realize your worth in the first place). But you’re not truly serving anyone when you set a low bar for your pricing. To run a business, you need to have money.
You may not be aware of this, but one important component of HIPAA is that you must post your Notice of Privacy Practices on your website.
Now that so many lactation consultants are incorporating virtual consults into their services, questions are coming up about how to get tele-lactation covered by insurance (for in-network providers) and reimbursed out-of-network. In this article, I’ll cover the most common questions I’ve seen and point you to more in-depth resources so that you can be as informed as you possibly can be.
Setting up the infrastructure for your lactation consultant private practice involved a lot of decisions, and managing your client files and communications can feel daunting. There are so many options, from paper forms to 100% paperless solutions to somewhere in between.
While most clinicians can agree that nothing can replace an in-person lactation consult with a family in need of help feeding their baby, virtual consults are becoming more and more popular as a way to make services more accessible. In order to meet your ethical obligations and stay within your scope of practice as an IBCLC or other lactation credential, you’ll want to keep some key factors in mind.
When you’re just starting out in private practice, you may wonder if you’ll ever get big enough to need a budget. Trust me—it’s never to early to set up good budgeting practices. Here are some tips that will help you get your money organized so you stay on top of the health of your business.
If you’re newly certified IBCLC or a hospital IBCLC looking to transition into private practice, you may be wondering what you must have in place before you can begin seeing clients.
WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption making it an extremely private form of communication. However, this does not mean that WhatsApp is suitable for clinical use by lactation consultants. In this article, you’ll learn usage tips, privacy pitfalls, and WhatsApp alternatives.