New Telehealth CPT Code Approved Starting January 1, 2012 TeleMental Health News
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New CPT Code Approved by CMS
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Centers Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Approve New CPT Code for Counseling
Healthcare needs to change and a recent ruling by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is pointing the way for how some of that change will occur iin mental health. Those of you planning your future in mental health may want to take note.
Approved providers for telehealth by Medicare, (psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers) will be eligible to deliver smoking cessation services for reimbursement starting January 1, 2012. A newly approved CPT code for smoking cessation reimbursement codes is a bellwether for U.S. practitioners.
What's the Big Deal?
Note these session lengths:
CPT code 99406 (Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling visit; intermediate, greater than 3 minutes up to 10 minutes)
CPT code 99407 (Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling visit; intensive, greater than 10 minutes)
HCPCS code G0436 (Smoking and tobacco cessation counseling visit for the asymptomatic patient; intermediate, greater than 3 minutes, up to 10 minutes)
HCPCS code G0437 (Smoking and tobacco cessation counseling visit for the asymptomatic patient; intensive, greater than 10 minutes)
Bitter Coffee, But There's a Croissant!
What does this new CPT code mean for
our standard 45 or 50-minute therapy hour? Healthcare is changing and so will be our standard session lengths.
Anything that sends
reimbursement to mental health practitioners is worthy of note, however bitter the reality may be for those who fear change. While naysayers are lamenting the potential loss of the traditional 45-50 minute hour, the overthrow of traditional therapy to "computers" and similar changes, forward-thinkers are looking at:
video and wireless technology worldwide
focus on "emotional wellness" as opposed to "mental health"
international statistics, such as 10% of the entire Australian population saw a psychologist last year and now,
reimbursement will be available in January for 3-10 min. smoking cessation sessions in the U.S., a service which insurance companies have not paid therapists to deliver to date.
In countries such as Great Britain and Australia, counseling is being abbreviated, more focused BUT also, MUCH more widely used. Practitioners are paid for outcomes and not time. We can expect the same.
CMS has started with smoking cessation, a disease management issue. Other health-related reimbursement is quite likely. Much more counseling will be needed to handle our aging and ailing baby-boomer generation. Short, technology-and- evidence-based, disease management interventions are likely to fill thriving mental health practices of the next decade.
The new CPT codes and accompanying rates will be published in the National Register on November 28. See an abbreviated version of the document developed by the American Telemedicine Association reprinted with permission and attached for your convenience. (Scroll down the yellow areas in the attachment highlighted by the ATA -- especially if you don't want to fall asleep and need coffee to keep you awake while you read it!)
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