Our team of psychiatry medical billing specialists has the knowledge to minimize billing denials & maximize revenue. BillingFreedom is a full-service billing company that provides nationwide mental health billing services to assist physicians with insurance claims processing, patient billing, collections assistance, credentialing, revenue cycle management, front desk management, and other services. With the goal to maximize collections, BillingFreedom allows psychiatrists to focus on patient care and grow their practice.
Medical billing can be a pain point for some psychiatrists because it is a complex process that also involves an array of stakeholders. Here are some of the most common billing issues that practice owners have to deal with.
Low Staff Efficiency
If your staff is not able to get claims submitted and paid in a timely fashion, your practice will lose important payments.
Incorrect Billing And Denials
Erroneous or incomplete billing will result in denied claims, which can in turn have a negative financial impact.
Lack of Timely Payments
Since timely payments can make or break your practice, it is essential to improve patient payments/co-pays.
Failing to Appropriately Interact With Patients
Failing to interact with patients on the following four occasions can negatively affect the billing process and healthcare facility’s collections.
- Neglecting to inform patients about their financial responsibility/co-pays.
- Not sending appointment reminders to patients.
- Not sending payment reminders when a bill does not get paid on time.
- Ignoring to capture necessary patient information that can lead to reimbursement delays.
Most Common Psychiatry CPT Codes
90832: Psychotherapy, 30 minutes with the patient. Reimbursement rate: $69.51
90834: Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with the patient. Reimbursement rate: $91.70
90837: Psychotherapy, 60 minutes with the patient. Reimbursement rate: $135.67
90845: Psychoanalysis. Reimbursement rate: $87.77
90846: Family psychotherapy, 50 minutes without the patient present. Reimbursement rate: $87.77
90847: Family (conjoint) psychotherapy, 50 minutes with the patient present. Reimbursement rate: $102.77
90849: Multiple-family group psychotherapy. Reimbursement rate: $28.60
90853: Group psychotherapy (except multiple-family group). Reimbursement rate: $24.31
*Reimbursement rates may vary according to your city.
Psychotherapy Crisis Codes
Psychotherapy crisis codes allow mental health professionals to bill for emergency sessions such as patients in great distress who are in need of immediate attention or are in a life-threatening situation.
90839: Psychotherapy for crisis; first 60 minutes
90840: Add-on code for psychotherapy for crisis; each additional 30 mins (List separately in addition to 90839)
99050: Add-on code for services provided other than the scheduled office hours
99051: Add-on code for psychotherapy services provided during regularly scheduled afterhours (evening, weekend, and holiday office hours)
Other Add-On Codes
Care providers can use the following add-on codes to describe additional services.
90785: Interactive complexity
90863: Psychopharmacology with psychotherapy
90833: Psychotherapy with E/M service, 30 minutes
90836: Psychotherapy with E/M service, 45 minutes
90838: Psychotherapy with E/M service, 60 minutes
Mental Health Test and Assessment Codes
96105: Aphasia assessment
96112: Developmental test administration(including interpretation)
96113: Add-on code for each additional 30 minutes of developmental test administration(including interpretation)
96116: Neurobehavioral status exam, 60 minutes
96121: Add-on code for each additional hour of neurobehavioral status examination
96125: Standardized cognitive performance testing, 60 minutes
96127: Emotional or behavioral assessment, brief
96130: Psychological testing evaluation services that are provided by a physician or some other qualified health care professional, 60 minutes
96131: Add-on code for each additional hour of psychological testing evaluation services
96132: Neuropsychological testing services, 60 minutes
96133: Add-on code for each additional hour of neuropsychological testing services
96136: Psychological or neuropsychological test administration and scoring that is performed by a physician or some other qualified health care professional, 30 minutes
96137: Add-on code for each additional 30 minutes of neuropsychological test administration and scoring by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional
96138: Psychological or neuropsychological test administration and scoring done for two or more tests by a technician, 30 minutes
96139: Add-on code for each additional 30 minutes of neuropsychological test administration and scoring by a technician
96146: Psychological or neuropsychological test administration done with a single automated instrument via an electronic platform, automated results
96156: Health assessment or reassessment
96160: Patient-focused health risk assessment
96161: Caregiver-focused health risk assessment
Psychiatry CPT Codes
Listed below are the CPT codes for psychiatric services.
90791: Psychiatric diagnostic evaluations without medical services
90792: Psychiatric diagnostic evaluations with medical services
90867: Therapeutic rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation)
90870: Electroconvulsive therapy
90875: Individual psychophysiological therapy with biofeedback, 30 minutes
90876: Individual psychophysiological therapy with biofeedback, 45 minutes
90899: Unlisted psychiatric procedure or service
Common Behavioral Health Case Management CPT Codes
Clinical social workers who provide psychotherapy services frequently use the following CPT codes.
90832: Psychotherapy, 30 minutes
90834: Psychotherapy, 45 minutes
90837: Psychotherapy, 60 minutes
90785: Add-on code for interactive complexity
90839: Psychotherapy for crisis, 60 minutes
90840: Add-on code for each additional 30 mins of psychotherapy for crisis
90791: Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation
90846: Family psychotherapy done without the patient present, 50 minutes
90847: Family psychotherapy done with the patient present, 50 minutes
90853: Group psychotherapy
Psychiatry Evaluation and Management Codes
99202 to 99205: Code range for Office or other outpatient E/M services for a new patient
99211 to 99215: Code range for Office or other outpatient E/M services for an established patient
99241 to 99245: Code range for consultations for a new or established patient in an office or other outpatient setting
99221 to 99223: Code range for initial hospital E/M services for a new or established patient
99231 to 99233: Code range for hospital E/M services for a new or established patient after the initial visit
99251 to 99255: Code range for inpatient consultations
Located in Grapevine, Texas, BillingFreedom has years of experience billing for medical professionals. Psychiatrists can improve their bottom line and peace of mind with our dependable psychiatry billing services. In essence, BillingFreedom helps psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists maximize their revenue, faster and more easily.
- Increased collections
- Faster payments
- Better Consistency
- Quicker Claims Processing
- 100% HIPPA Compliance
- Eligibility Verification
- Payment Reminders
- Appointment Reminders
- Front desk services
- AR Management
- Revenue Cycle Management
- Reduced overheads
- More time for patients