Billing for psychiatric services under the teaching physician rules
Psychiatrists use two distinct sets of codes, and so must know two sets of teaching physician rules:
- The rules for Evaluation and Management (E/M) services (admissions, rounds, established patient office/outpatient visits for medication management) and,
- The rules for psychiatry codes, such as psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and psychotherapy. Another post on this site describes the teaching physician rules for E/M services.
This post will describe the teaching physician rules for using the Psychiatry codes. The requirements for E/M services provided under the teaching physician rules were updated in an April 2019 transmittal. You can read about E/M service rules here.
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