As we have written previously on MentalHealthcareReform.org, big changes are underway for behavioral health procedure codes in 2013. These changes, which take effect January 1st, include deletions, additions, and modifications to certain psychiatric procedure codes and have a particular impact on medical services. Between now and January 1st, payers, providers, back office staff, HIT vendors, and others will need to work hard to prepare for these changes.
The National Council has created a web page dedicated to helping organizations navigate this important transition. The website features a periodically updated FAQ explaining the changes ahead. It also includes a crosswalk of many of the codes, mapping changes from 2012 to 2013. Readers can also view the slides and recording from last week’s webinar, “CPT Code Changes for 2013: Impact on Behavioral Health.” Registration information is available for our upcoming webinar further explaining the modifications to evaluation and management codes, “E/M 101: Preparing Your Organization for 2013 CPT Code Changes.”
Additional resources from the American Medical Association, CMS, and the American Psychiatric Association are also available. Please contact Nina Marshall (NinaM@thenationalcouncil.org) with suggestions for additional resources or questions about the CPT code changes.