EHR and practice management for mental / behavioral health

The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 billing codes will be massive. Even though mental / behavioral health codes are a small part percentage of the 68,000 available under ICD-10, the same payers will be processing everyone’s codes! Experts are warning that practices need to have at least six months’ cash reserves to weather the potential reimbursement backlog, and early preparation is your best defense for ICD-10.

Did you know that DSM codes are ICD!? Contrary to popular belief, all claims with dates of service 10.1.15 and after must be coded in ICD-10, whether the DSM is consulted for diagnosis coding or not. Check out our blog posts and articles below for details about DSM, ICD, how they interact – and click here to see how PIMSY behavioral health practice management can help you maintain compliance.

(Disclaimer: Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each practice to ensure ICD & DSM compliance, including the 10/1/15 ICD-10 transition. PIMSY EMR/SMIS has gathered information from various resources believed to be authorities in their field. However, neither PIMSY EMR/SMIS nor the authors warrant that the information is in every respect accurate and/or complete. PIMSY EMR/SMIS assumes no responsibility for use of the information provided. Neither PIMSY EMR/SMIS nor the authors shall be responsible for, and expressly disclaim liability for, damages of any kind arising out of the use of, reference to, or reliance on, the content of these educational materials. These materials are for informational purposes only. PIMSY EMR/SMIS does not provide medical, legal, financial or other professional advice and readers are encouraged to consult a professional advisor for such advice.)

PIMSY mental health EHR confusion

ICD-10 Myths (Part 4)

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 3.11.14 (revised on 6.19.15) ICD-10 Myth # 4: “ICD-10 doesn’t apply to me because I work in mental health” Because mental health is only a small portion of the 68,000 new ICD-10 codes, it would be tempting to assume that this isn’t a big deal for our industry and...

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PIMSY mental health EHR confusion

ICD-10 Myths (Part 5)

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 3.11.14 (revised 6.19.15) ICD-10 Myth # 5: “I don’t need to worry about ICD-10 because I only see self-pay clients” Even if your practice is entirely self-pay (and you don’t provide receipts to your clients to seek reimbursement on their own), you should...

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PIMSY mental health EHR true or false

ICD-10 Myths (Part 3)

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 3.11.14 (revised on 6.19.15) ICD-10 Myth # 3: “I don’t need to worry about ICD-10 because my EHR is taking care of it” This is another dangerous, erroneous and prevalent misconception that can hurt your practice. While PIMSY EHR is leading the pack in educating...

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ICD-10 Myths (Part 2)

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 3.11.14 (revised on 6.19.15) ICD-10 Myth # 2: “ICD-10 doesn’t affect me because we use DSM-5”  This is one of the most dangerous misconceptions affecting mental & behavioral health care providers. ICD codes are mandated by HIPAA for all medical billing...

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ICD-10 Myths (Part 1)

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 3.4.14 (revised on 6.19.15) ICD-10 Myth # 1: “I’ve heard that the government’s going to extend the ICD-10 deadline” While most of us would certainly welcome the extra time for preparation and testing, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner made it very clear...

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PIMSY mental health EHR stress

ICD-10 Myths (Part 6)

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 3.26.14 (revised on 6.19.15) ICD-10 Myth # 6: “As a provider, I don’t need to worry about ICD-10 – our billing person’s going to take care of it” Because ICD-10 codes diagnose, the burden of responsibility lies with the provider, not the biller or coder. The provider...

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PIMSY mental health EHR icd-10 myths

ICD-10 Myths (Part 7)

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 6.19.15 ICD-10 Myth #7: “Workman’s Compensation Is Going to Stay on ICD-9” For a while, word on the street was that non-HIPAA covered entities such as workman’s compensation would not be required to transition to ICD-10. However, that has been refuted by CMS. While...

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May ICD-10 Action Items

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 5.14.15 Meeting ICD-10 Compliance for Mental / Behavioral Health, Psychiatry and Substance Usage May Item #1: Make Sure Staff Understands With all of the compliance mandates that your practice has to meet, it might be easy for your employees to not take ICD-10 seriously. They might...

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