There is overwhelming evidence that depression care management works well for patients and is a cost-effective treatment. However, inconsistent third-party reimbursement for depression care management is a significant economic barrier to utilization and sustainability in primary care settings. Seven funding mechanisms, mostly under-utilized and not widely publicized, are described. While substantial obstacles remain in the way of fully implementing these depression care management funding mechanisms, several recent policy advancements provide some optimism for the potential adoption of financial mechanisms to support and disseminate these evidence-based practices.
Since hosting monthly finance office hours, the AIMS Center has compiled the most asked questions and their answers. Answers address a variety of billing and financing topics including: reimbursement, the CoCM team, general BHI code, patient cost, registry options, telehealth, time tracking and more.