Revised, Betsy Nicoletti 4/1/19
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The coding for psychiatric and psychotherapy services changed in 2013 and although that was years ago many psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs), and psychiatric physician assistants (PAs) are still adjusting to the change.
Psychologists, social workers and other licensed mental health professionals saw their coding change in 2013, although not as drastically.
This guide will answer questions about how to code for behavioral health services including:
- Initial evaluations
- Medication management
In some sections, it is separated by type of clinician, because physicians, NPs and PAs have a different scope of practice than psychologists, social workers and other licensed mental health professionals. If you provide psychiatry services, this guide is a must read!
Table of Contents
- Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation
- Medication Management
- Psychotherapy for patients in Crisis
- Quick Reference Charts
- E/M Cheat Sheet
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Other Coding Guides
- How Physician Services are Paid
- Risk Adjusted Diagnosis Coding for Medical Practices
- Critical Care Services