I have learned so much about how contracts with health plans can be negotiated through the IPA Messenger model. Their current Messenger Cate Nickless, who works on your behalf with the insurance companies, is awesome. She has also helped me by working with health plans to get credentialed and even with some of our billing problems. The association also provides great educational opportunities for independent practitioners. They also advocate on the behalf of the profession which elevates the level of respect for psychotherapy. Well worth the price.
Jim Shotwell, LCSW
SWBHIPA Member / The Enhancement Center
"SWBHIPA was pivotal in expediting paneling when I launched my private practice in 2016, and most importantly has continued to be a major vehicle for advocacy and an empowered voice with the tyranny of insurance companies. I'm committed to insurance based practice, but without SWBHIPA I might have given up." - Hilary