Author Topic: Mental Health Billing  (Read 2589 times)

Michele

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« on: December 21, 2012, 09:57:55 AM »
 "So how are you Michelle my name is John and I am new to the forum and to medical billing and coding.  I believe that I will be in the mental health arena as well. My question is how is that side of the house as far as coding and billing and what should I need to keep a heads up about?

Thank you so much for your help and time.  Have a beautiful Christmas."

I received the question above in a personal message.  I'm posting it in the public area without the name because I think they would benefit from the opinions of all.

Personally, mental health is going to be a mess after 1/1/13 due to the changes in the codes.  That's not a reason to run though, it's a great reason to jump in (if you know what you are doing).  More and more mental health providers are going to need billers more than ever after 1/1/13.  I would read up on all of the upcoming changes and make sure you understand them.  There is a lot out there, make sure you go to a reliable source.


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Re: Mental Health Billing
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 10:49:04 AM »
Actually, now that I've had a chance to get a bit more educated on them, here's a secret tip.. the confusion is going to lie in the area of providers not accustomed to different verbiage or the use of the E/M codes for non MD's.  These changes are NOT as difficult as people think at all. I'm in middle of posting all my notes from a class I just took with two of my clients on these changes in our members only mental health section, and they way they broke these out and simplified it made me go "Oh .. it's not so bad at all".   :) :)

One big tip.  MH billers are used to the simple 90862  "Pharmacological" management or medical management if you prefer,   CPT 2013 gets rid of those definitions all together and replaced with "Medical Services"    If you change your thinking on this alone, your 85% there. :)
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2012, 09:02:37 AM »
Hello everyone my name is Kitten and I am new to the forum, I am looking to start a home based medial billing company within the next few months, I currently work with medicaid/medicare claims
how do I choose the software to purchase and since we handle all providers how do I determine what specialty to bill for.

I am really excited, I welcome any advice

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Re: Mental Health Billing
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2013, 12:34:04 PM »
Do you have your notes finished?  How do I get them to read?
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Re: Mental Health Billing
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2013, 12:49:01 PM »
Yes, they are in our members only area, if you are a member you can visit www.billerswebsite.com and login. In our free newsletter I did briefly do an article on coding with the new mental health codes.
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Re: Mental Health Billing
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 10:21:30 AM »
Hello everyone my name is Kitten and I am new to the forum, I am looking to start a home based medial billing company within the next few months, I currently work with medicaid/medicare claims
how do I choose the software to purchase and since we handle all providers how do I determine what specialty to bill for.

I am really excited, I welcome any advice

Kitten,

    You posted this in a thread on mental health billing.  I would go to the section on software.  There are lots of posts on different softwares and many have shared their opinions.  You definitely want to make sure you stay away from any specialty software as you would be limited to that specialty.  Many software companies offer demos so that you can try them out to get a feel for if it may be a good fit for you.  Your software purchase is one of the most important decisions you will make.  Take your time and make sure you pick one that is right for you.

Good luck!
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Re: Mental Health Billing
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 01:35:15 PM »
I do billing for a small mental health practice.   We use Delphi PBS.  The owner, Will, is very friendly, funny and if you call him with all your questions, he's very kind and helpful.   It's specifically for mental health.