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Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by Information Underload, May 27, 2015.
Try it and report back to us.
In my opinion, no. Patients aren't that consistent and you need some breaks in that for your sake and for administrative tasks.
Insurance rates can vary by zip code, size of practice, and negotiation skills. In some areas, those codes pull about $250. Variation can be huge.
When people are doing the E/M + therapy add on are they actually trying to do a specific course of planned therapy or more just getting paid for the extra time we take compared to an internist and conceptualizing it as supportive therapy?
Wondering because many therapies would recommend weekly visits, but seems tough to justify weekly E/M visits for majority of therapy patients.
Therapy for billing purposes is not the same as real therapy for treatment. You certainly can pull in elements of actual psychotherapy and hope that it actually improves patient outcomes. But as you point out, 16 minutes once per month is rather substandard care and therefore should not be thought of as an actual course of psychotherapy.