Category: Mental Health Regulations

Updated CPT Codes for 2021

January 22, 2021

What Your Behavioral Health Practice Needs to Know You’ve likely heard about the recent changes to the CPT code set and are wondering what it means for your behavioral health practice. How will these modifications affect your coding practices? Are there any immediate actions you need to take? Is there anything you need to do…
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Cures Act

December 23, 2020

Frequently, we are asked “Can my practice be compliant with Cures Act when using Valant?”. The short answer is Yes. Here, we’ll explain what Cures Act is and what you need to know when evaluating EHR software for your behavioral health practice.   What is the Cures Act? The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act)…
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ICD-10 Cheat Sheet

December 14, 2020

An expanded list of common diagnostic codes for mental & behavioral health. A testament to the nature of the healthcare industry, changes occur continuously and challenge the ways we use technology, apply care, and even classify diagnoses. The familiarity and instinctiveness that comes with decades of ICD-9 usage simply won’t disappear overnight for most providers,…
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July 16, 2018

And what to do to prevent them The protection and security of patient information is of the highest importance in behavioral health care. A breach in confidentiality can cause immeasurable harm to patients—not to mention result in a fine of up to $50,000 per incident to the provider. The following are five common examples in…
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April 25, 2017

The first reporting year for MACRA is well underway at this point, yet a number of rules introduced during the legislation’s rollout have yet to be finalized. CMS typically reserves the right to revise certain aspects of its published guidance as large-scale programs unfold and opportunities for improvement arise. According to healthcare intelligence firm Leavitt…
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March 17, 2017

A quick breakdown of the first draft of the bill Earlier this month the House of Representatives laid out the initial draft of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If approved, the much-anticipated legislation will repeal and replace several key aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted by the incumbent Obama administration. Though the…
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December 20, 2016

In 2015, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into law. The legislative support for the bill’s passing was overwhelmingly bipartisan, indicating its significance in the effort to reform health care in the United States. Changes are coming that will affect the dynamics of Medicare reporting and reimbursement in behavioral health….
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December 6, 2016

The impact of changing requirements and how to maximize business efficiency through them The governance of health care is an ongoing process. Newly elected officials may bring widespread change, lawmakers revise existing regulation, and new knowledge and technology challenge us to rethink old paradigms. In short, federal and state healthcare mandates are always changing. Even…
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August 22, 2016

5 steps to increase preparation in a private behavioral health practice. Audits are a nominal part of worklife for publicly funded behavioral healthcare organizations, but even small private practices are subjected to them from time to time. Some private practices get anxious at the thought of an audit. Others feel confident. The difference between the…
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August 4, 2016

Quick tips for behavioral health practices HIPAA compliance is an important aspect of running a behavioral health practice, as the mismanagement of privacy measures could result in significant consequences for both patient and provider. Similar to the popular healthcare mantra, “an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure”, taking proactive measures to maintain compliance…
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