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New Perspectives - Apr, 1996 Issue #39 

Tucson, Arizona
Sandy Whalon, President

The purpose of The Strategy Management Group (SMG) is to evaluate, educate and implement a set of strategies/solutions that will allow the Youth Provider to work more efficiently, effectively and economically in the areas of Third Party Insurance Referrals and Reimbursement. Their stated purpose as an "Advocate" is to help increase net revenues to the program via new reimbursement strategies and to make recommendations that will benefit this goal. 

Their YOUTH TREATMENT ADVOCATE PROJECT package is focused on the "Alternative Youth Program Industry," and is designed to be a cost effective, efficient and unique approach to a package of consulting services which is specifically directed at assisting and advocating for the placement and payment of program services for "At Risk Youth". 

In this package, SMG is retained by the program to represent them as a liaison between any and all third party payers, parents and their benefit programs, educational consultants and the therapeutic community. Fact finding interviews are conducted with Admissions, Intake and other departments to assemble the necessary forms, scripts, letters, procedures and even phone language and terms. The program will be taught to the provider while SMG conducts the work on their behalf. 

Small programs which are not large enough to have separate departments can benefit from this also since SMG is also available to process any and all insurance claims necessary for the program. 

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