Coding Handbook for Psychiatrists

Coding Handbook for Psychiatrists

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Both the regulatory climate and the fiscal market in which mental health care is provided have continued to change since the first edition of Procedure Coding Handbook for Psychiatrists was published in 1993. Now in its fourth edition, this handbook not only outlines how correct coding and documentation are vital to getting paid, but also helps avoid audits from insurers and provides protection against malpractice allegations through knowledge of the coding system. This manual provides essential coding and documentation guidance in an easy-to-read format, as well as: - The collective wisdom of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Committee on Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS), Codes and Reimbursement and over 15 years of author experience.- Specific psychiatric codes combined in one chapter for easy reference.- Details on payment issues surrounding certain medical coding, as well as reimbursement issues common to major payers.- A more thorough description of the level of code to select based on actual clinical examples. - A complete list of codes most frequently used by psychiatrists along with descriptors. Procedure Coding Handbook for Psychiatrists is a concise, easy-to-reference text that offers greater clarity of the intricacies of coding and documentation than ever before. Chapters provide the following insights: - Basic background information about Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding and a description of the format of the American Medical Association CPT manual so practitioners and students alike will know where to find appropriate codes.- The importance of complete and accurate documentation for both good patient care and collective activities. - Detailed descriptions of the psychiatric evaluation and therapeutic procedure codes as well as nonpsychiatric mental health services and an explanation of how to document them. - Vignettes for different clinical sites and coding solutions appropriate for these vignettes. - Frequently asked questions and problem scenarios based upon queries that have come through the APA's Managed Care Help Line. The need for a manual like Procedure Coding Handbook for Psychiatrists is greater than ever as mental health professionals continue to struggle with payers about the appropriate choice of codes for specific services and the relationship of the code chosen to the level of reimbursement. As payers continue to challenge the "medical necessity" of services by denying use of codes that have a higher reimbursement value, an in-depth knowledge of proper coding and the technicalities surrounding it is a must for clinicians, residents, and students more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 215.9 x 279.4 x 15.24mm | 566.99g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • American Psychiatric Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • black & white tables, tables
  • 1585623741
  • 9781585623747

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"Since the mid-1990s, the most valuable resource for clinicians wanting to achieve insurance access to treatment for their patients has been the "Procedure Coding Handbook for Psychiatrists". This Fourth Edition includes the many recent developments that we all need to know to make our documentation and claim submissions consistent with federal and state regulations. Beautifully done."-- "Roger Peele, M.D., DLFAPA, Chief Psychiatrist, Department of Health and Human Service, Montgomery County, Maryland. "show more

About Chester W. Schmidt

Chester W. Schmidt, Jr., M.D., is founding member of the American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Scale (RVS) Update Committee, consultant to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) RVS Update Committee, and professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.Rebecca K. Yowell is deputy director of the APA Office of Healthcare Systems and Financing in Arlington, Virginia, and lead staff for APA's work with the AMA CPT Editorial Panel and AMA RVS Committee.Ellen Jaffe is the Medicare specialist in the APA Office of Healthcare Systems and Financing in Arlington, Virginia, and is responsible for the Psychiatric Practice and Managed Care page that appears irregularly in Psychiatric more

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Procedure Coding Handbook for Psychiatrists is designed to level the playing field for practitioners and payers by enhancing the technical knowledge of practitioners about CPT coding and documentation. Payers have highly paid staff analyzing every code submission, which makes this text vital to give practitioners a similar understanding of the structure and function of Current Procedural Terminology, or CPT. Since payers often use miscoding on medical records as a reason to deny payment, it becomes imperative that clinicians understand how to use psychiatric therapeutic procedure codes and evaluation and management codes to reduce denials of payment, or downcoding that results in lower reimbursement for the service provided.Now in its fourth edition, Procedure Coding Handbook for Psychiatrists is a necessary and valuable reference tool for anyone practicing or studying psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychiatric nursing, or clinical social work. This most current edition provides insights into how a legible, carefully constructed and documented medical record is essential to providing good patient care and successful collection activities. In addition, there are three new appendixes that cover service codes for Medicare, evaluation and management guidelines for psychiatry, and the most frequently missed items in evaluation and management more

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. Basics of CPT. Introduction to documentation of psychiatric services. Codes and documentation for psychiatric and other mental health services. Codes and documentation for evaluation and management services. Coding and documentation for specific clinical settings. Medicare. Commercial insurance issues. Putting it all together for accurate coding. FAQs and problem scenarios.; Appendix A: the CPT coding system - how it came to be, how it changes.; Appendix B: HIPAA.; Appendix C: Modifiers.; Appendix D: place of service (POS) codes for Medicare.; Appendix E: 1997 E/M documentation guidelines for psychiatry.; Appendix F: vignettes for evaluation and management codes and most frequently missed items in E/M documentation (from National Government Services).; Appendix G: documentation templates.; Appendix H: examples of relative value units (rvus).; Appendix I: national distribution of E/M code selection by psychiatrists.; Appendix J: APA CPT coding service and additional resources.; Appendix K: Medicare carriers and Medicare administrative contractors.; Appendix L: CMS regional offices. more

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