Cpt Handbook for Psychiatrists

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Developed in cooperation with the American Psychiatric Association's Work Group on Codes and Reimbursements, the "CPT Handbook for Psychiatrists" was designed to help the psychiatric practitioner become an expert in all aspects of procedural coding. Used as a companion to the "Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology" manual, it is a powerful tool that eliminates coding errors that lead to audits, minimizes the risk of being charged with fraudulent billing, and reduces delays in reimbursements.Chester W. Schmidt, Jr., M.D., has compiled this one-stop resource for practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, billing and office managers, and others who seek to understand the complex world of coding. This easy-to-use reference explains in nontechnical language everything practicing psychiatrists need to know about coding, including Answers to psychiatric practitioners' frequently asked questions about coding issues A review of 24 new psychotherapy codes and coverage of the evaluation and management codes that psychiatric professionals frequently use An explanation of the new documentation guidelines and the single system exam Tips on how to manage relationships with third-party payers for quick and painless reimbursement Background on CPT codes, an explanation of how to use the CPT manual effectively, and the procedure for submitting new codes Special requirements and documentation required for complying with the Medicare Physician Reimbursement System. With CPT codes changing often, this handbook is invaluable for ensuring that practitioners stay compliant with the new coding and documentation requirements. Every psychiatric professional should keep this resourcehandy for navigation through the maze of CPT coding.

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Proper coding and documentation are vital to getting paid, especially in today's healthcare environment, yet specific information on coding for mental health services is often difficult to find. The third edition of this concise, easy-to-read handbook offers the essential reference for mental health professionals. Marking more than a decade of experience, this practical handbook represents the collective wisdom of the APA's Committee on RBRVS, Codes, and Reimbursements and covers changes mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and changes in the way psychiatry is currently practiced and documented.

In just 8 chapters and a remarkable 12 appendixes and index, the authors explain the structure and function of CPT and how to use and document codes for initial evaluations, psychotherapy, medication management, and other services listed in the psychiatry section of CPT. This edition has expanded information on the evaluation and management (E/M) codes and includes vignettes and documentation templates to guide physicians and other providers on how to code and document these medical services.

As the struggle for appropriate reimbursement continues--with payers often using the technicalities of coding and documentation to reduce or deny payment--this practical volume offers a lifeline for mental health professionals everywhere.

About the Author:

Chester W. Schmidt, Jr., M.D., is in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Chair of Department of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rebecca K. Yowell is the Assistant Director of the Office of Healthcare Systems and Financing at the American Psychiatric Association in Arlington, Virginia.

Ellen Jaffe is the Medicare Specialist in the Office of Healthcare Systems and Financing at the American Psychiatric Association in Arlington, Virginia.

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