Avicenna Medical Blog

TCD Medical Offers a Bridge in Behavioral Care; Linking Patients With Addiction or Mental Health Issues to Specialists

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

TCD Medical and Behavioral Health Integration:

An estimated one third of patients being treated by a primary care doctor are also suffering from a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder. Primary care doctors may feel overwhelmed, or that their practice is not equipped to handle such specialized care. However, due to limited access issues, it may take three to sixth months to make an appointment with a behavioral health specialist. A partner of Avicenna, the Amherst-based TCD...

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2018 Updates to Medicare's Behavioral Health Integration Program

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Jul 03, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Behavioral Health Integration Program:

Behavioral health integration (BHI) was added to Medicare’s care management programs in January 2017, reimbursing physicians and non-physicians for BHI services provided to patients with mental, behavioral, or psychiatric conditions. Since the introduction of BHI, Medicare has continued to update the billing codes and expand the reimbursement opportunities for providers aiding the millions of Americans living with a mental health disorder.

Medicare's...

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2018 Updates to Medicare Care Management Programs

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 04:14 PM

Care Management Programs Overview:

Beginning in 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced transition of care management (TCM), reimbursing providers for helping their patients with the transition from hospital to home.  Following the introduction of TCM; in 2015 CMS introduced the original chronic care management code, CPT code 99490, to pay providers for delivering non-face-to-face care to Medicare patients with two or more chronic conditions.

In 2017 CMS enhanced the...

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