The American Medical Association (AMA) recently assigned CPT codes to the interim collaborative care G-codes that were first published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in November 2016. The new AMA CPT codes can be billed beginning January 2018. The AIMS Center's cheat sheet for Medicare payment for behavioral health integration services has been updated to reflect this change.
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In November 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published rules that would allow Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to bill for behavioral health integration services, chronic care managerment, and collaborative care model services beginning in January 2018.
This new cheat sheet summarizes the two CMS G-Codes for FQHCs and RHCs.
The collaborative care model is being implemented to care for patients receiving inpatient and outpatient services, especially where there is a behavioral health provider shortage. Many within hospital settings are recognizing that integrating physical and behavioral health care can be very beneficial for the overall health of patients and reducing the stigmas commonly associated with behavioral health conditions. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA speaks about how the collaborative care approach can be effective for patients and providers.
Mark Duncan, MD shares how using the collaborative care model to treat patients experiencing addiction can be a very promising treatment method especially while facing today’s opioid epidemic. Collaborative care can open doors for effective and targeted treatment within the primary care setting for patients with substance use disorders.
Seeta Patel, MD, and Sara Haack, MD, MPH, recent Washington State Integrated Care Training Program (ICTP) fellows, reflect on the implementation of collaborative care in primary care. They highlight their lessons learned and describe the components necessary for success.
Jay Carruthers, MD, and Lloyd Sederer, MD, describe the history of the large-scale collaborative care implementation in New York State and look ahead to the future.
Kari Stephens, PhD, describes how big data can be used to disseminate evidence-based integrated behavioral health care to improve population health.
Neil Korsen, MD, MS, advocates for psychiatrists to take on the roles of teacher, coach, and consultant as health care systems focus on accountable care and population health.
A leader in integrated care, Nick Kates, MBBS, describes the collaborative care efforts that have been implemented in Canada to address access and communication challenges for behavioral health care.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a fact sheet summarizing the collaborative care billing "G" codes.