More than ever before, insurance plans are scrutinizing claims, looking at billing codes for errors, denying claims and may in some cases even ask for repayment. This is true even for out-of-network therapists. Therefore, it is critical to use billing codes accurately, and make sure documentation backs up your billing.
Current Procedural Technology (CPT) billing codes may seem deceptively simple, but even seasoned therapists often use them incorrectly, since it is hard to keep up with their annual changes. And while you may feel you only need a few codes, limiting yourself may mean you (or your clients) are not maximizing reimbursement.
This 80-minute pre-recorded webinar (applicable nationwide) addresses recent codes updates and the most common provider coding mistakes that lead to claim denial. It will discuss insurance coverage trends for each code, and give ideas on how to expand your code use to increase your reimbursement.
Topics covered include:
- What are CPT billing codes?
- Things you may not know about billing for:
- intake sessions:when to use these codes — and when not to
- individual sessions— the biggest mistakes people make
- 90837, the 60-minute therapy code (Can you use it? Regularly?)
- couples/family sessions, including some common billing practices that are fraud
- sessions longer than 60 minutes: Some new options
- video and phone sessions (and some cautions)
- crisis sessions and those with “interactive complexity”
- group sessions
- brief health assessments— an easy way to increase income
- 2019 code changes to psychological testing, neuropsych testing, and ABA services
Note: This webinar is aimed at all non-medical psychotherapist, and will not address Evaluation and Management E/M codes used by medical professionals. It will discuss CPT billing codes, and not diagnosis codes (ICD-10 or DSM-5).
FREE BONUS FOR CALIFORNIA THERAPISTS! 1 CE unit is available at no-charge for California BBS Licensees (MFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs) after taking downloadable post-test and passing with 70% score. Prelicensed members may be able to earn hours of experience as approved by their supervisors.
Presenter: Barbara Griswold, LMFT, author of “Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance — And Whether You Should.”
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