Live Life for the Experiences, not the Accomplishments

This has been said before, in various ways, but when I thought of these words, it struck me. I try to practice mindfulness, do (almost) daily meditating, but I can see that I am still very goal-oriented.  Goals are good…right?   But when I focus so much on the goal, I am not aware of the enjoyment I get out of the process of getting there.  This is what I want to continue to change about my thinking and awareness.  It would look something like this:  I went deer hunting this past weekend.  I did not get a deer.  From a goal-oriented perspective, the hunt was not successful, and “not successful” is not a good feeling for me.  But from an experience focus, it was wonderful.  The weather was comfortable, the sun was shining, I was out in the woods. Just time to enjoy alone time with no pressure, no guilt, and sit there and see what happens next.  I encourage to reflect a bit and see if being too goal-oriented might be an issue for you.  

Mental Health Options Restricted by Health Insurance Companies

Options for mental health are being severely restricted by some of the major health insurance carriers in Minnesota through their contracting practices with providers.  A survey of my peers supported my experience that HealthPartners of Minnesota is the worst regarding refusing to offer contracts to individual practitioner requests, followed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medica, Aetna, and Cigna. Reasons for denial by HealthPartners were that they had enough practitioners in that geographic area and that HealthPartners seldom gives contracts to small clinics. So the big clinics get bigger and the pool of providers from which patients can choose is limited to those that conform or are forced to conform to the big clinic model.  This practice is discriminatory and contradicts the pro-entrepreneur and pro-small business movement that Minnesota prides itself on. Respondents to my survey indicated no problem getting in network with Medical Assistance, Preferred One, or UCare. If you are making a decision on which health insurance company to choose for yourself or your family, or are in a decision-making capacity for a company regarding which health insurance carrier to entrust with your company's benefits, please take note.  Certain insurance companies have long-standing, hidden constraints that significantly reduce the provider pool from which patients can select.     

Options for mental health are being severely restricted by some of the major health insurance carriers in Minnesota through their contracting practices with providers. 

A survey of my peers supported my experience that HealthPartners of Minnesota is the worst regarding refusing to offer contracts to individual practitioner requests, followed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medica, Aetna, and Cigna.

Reasons for denial by HealthPartners were that they had enough practitioners in that geographic area and that HealthPartners seldom gives contracts to small clinics. So the big clinics get bigger and the pool of providers from which patients can choose is limited to those that conform or are forced to conform to the big clinic model.  This practice is discriminatory and contradicts the pro-entrepreneur and pro-small business movement that Minnesota prides itself on.

Respondents to my survey indicated no problem getting in network with Medical Assistance, Preferred One, or UCare.

If you are making a decision on which health insurance company to choose for yourself or your family, or are in a decision-making capacity for a company regarding which health insurance carrier to entrust with your company's benefits, please take note.  Certain insurance companies have long-standing, hidden constraints that significantly reduce the provider pool from which patients can select.     

Disappointed in HealthPartners

Despite my being an in-network provider for HealthPartners for several years at CenterLife Counseling, and even before, HealthPartners has denied my request for an in-network contract.  I wrote them an appeal letter that also fell on deaf ears.  According to HealthPartners, options are for clients to request that my services be offered in-network for them, use out-of-network benefits, submit to an HSA account for reimbursement.  I am more than happy to work out a private pay option with you if none of these will work.