Break Down Outpatient Coding for Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

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Break Down Outpatient Coding for Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

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Presented on:
 Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Presented by: Laurie Bouzarelos, MHA, CPC

Outpatient documentation and coding for behavioral health and psychiatry brings a set of unique challenges. Coders must be familiar with documentation of psychiatric history, symptoms, and treatment planning and adhere to complex ICD-10-CM/CPT® coding guidelines for reporting mental disorders and their treatment.

Join expert Laurie Bouzarelos, MHA, CPC, for this 90-minute webinar, during which she will provide an in-depth review of documentation and  ICD-10-CM/CPT coding for behavioral health and psychiatry. She will review CPT coding for E/M office visits, psychiatric care services, health behavior assessments and interventions, and psychological testing.

Bouzarelos will also review applicable ICD-10-CM coding guidelines, 2022 ICD-10-CM codes for social determinants of health, and challenges surrounding diagnosis coding for psychiatric conditions. The presentation will conclude with a review of telepsychiatry services payable under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare proposals that would expand coverage for certain behavioral health services in 2022. Plus, a live Q&A will give audience members the chance to have their specific questions answered.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Break down documentation and CPT guidelines for psychiatric services provided by mental health professionals and physicians
  • Select accurate CPT and ICD-10-CM codes for behavioral health services
  • Adhere to Medicare billing and reporting requirements as they relate to telemedicine during the public health emergency
  • Consider how the ongoing availability of telemedicine services may shape mental healthcare after the public health emergency


  • CPT coding and documentation requirements for behavioral health services
    • Psychiatric service codes: psychotherapy and interactive complexity
    • E/M office visits and prolonged services
    • Coding considerations for psychologists: testing, health behavior assessments, and interventions
  • ICD-10-CM coding for behavioral health conditions
    • Guidelines for reporting mental disorders
    • 2022 codes for social determinants of health
  • Telehealth services performed for behavioral health treatment
    • Billing rules for clinicians during the COVID-19 public health emergency
    • CPT coding guidance for reporting E/M and psychiatric services provided via telehealth technology
  • Medicare proposals to expand access to behavioral healthcare
    • Proposals to eliminate geographic restrictions on telemedicine visits and allow payment for services rendered via audio-only telephone calls
  • Live Q&A

Who Should Listen?

  • HIM directors and managers
  • Coding managers
  • Outpatient CDI professionals
  • Outpatient coders
  • Outpatient billers
  • Mental health professionals
  • Auditors
  • Revenue cycle directors
  • Compliance officers
  • Chargemaster coordinators
  • Office managers
  • Clerical staff
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants  
  • Physician coders
  • Finance managers
  • Clinical staff
  • Nursing staff

Meet the Speaker

Laurie Bouzarelos, MHA, CPC, is a consultant and founder of Provider Solutions Health Care Consulting in Centennial, Colorado. She has worked with psychiatrists and behavioral health providers in the private office, intensive outpatient program, and hospital settings to improve practice revenue, coding, billing, and documentation. She has extensive experience in managed care contracting, medical coding, chart review, and revenue cycle management across medical specialties.

Continuing Education

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. 

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 10/30/22

This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification and CCDS-O (outpatient) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS).

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 10/26/2022 

This program has been approved for continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 10/27/2022

This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certification in Healthcare Revenue Integrity (CHRI), offered as a service of the National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI).

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 10/27/2022 


Webinar system requirements and program materials: 
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: Access audio/video streaming from any browser on a computer, mobile, or tablet device

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version will be available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $259 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $259 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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