What are the hardest parts of mental health billing?

Mental Health Billing is like scaling a mountain.

It may seem like you are climbing an endless hill.

UPDATE 09/2014: To focus on providing excellent medical billing to Thriveworks franchises, we are no longer providing billing services to non-Thriveworks practices. Learn more about the exciting benefits of opening a Thriveworks Counseling center in your area, here: Counseling Franchise.

What are the hardest parts of mental health billing?

We talked to the Senior Medical Biller at Thriveworks, Alicia Potts, and she gladly shared her knowledge with us.

The hardest part for providers conducting mental health billing is finding a software provider/ vendor that will submit your insurance claims (clearing house). Each insurance company requires different hoops to jump through – some do not accept paper claims, some only accept electronic claims, etc…

Time management becomes a major issue when you are trying to see patients and file insurance claims. It takes time to learn what diagnosis codes work, and even where to submit the claim.

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Even worse, there are multiple addresses for each department, and it is hard to know what department to send it to. After getting the claim filled out, you then must find the correct department. If you happen to send the claim to the wrong department, it will reject. It can become very frustrating if you send the claim, and then 30 days later you find out the claim was denied because you sent it to the wrong department.

It is not an easy process. It is very important in terms of auditing when conducting billing to make sure that you are doing it correctly.

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Learn more about the exciting benefits of opening a Thriveworks Counseling center in your area, here: Counseling Franchise.

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Thriveworks

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Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore Ph.D. is Founder and CEO at Thriveworks--a counseling practice, focused on premium client care, with 80+ locations across the USA. He is Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and Author of How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice. Anthony is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

Check out “Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book” written by AJ Centore and Taylor Bennett."

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