In recent months, Pennsylvania’s Learning Community has focused on challenges to financing and payment for mental health care in the primary care and collaborative care settings. The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) has provided the field with an array of information, presentations, and other resources related to the financing of mental health services in primary care and integrated care settings. Below are some of the resources that CIHS has made available to us here in Pennsylvania.
- The ability to bill for both behavioral health and primary care services on the same day is an essential part of integrating care. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Billing Properly for Behavioral Health Services booklet to help providers understand the laws and regulations that govern billing for behavioral health services.
- The resource also includes a checklist to help evaluate your billing procedures and identify potential errors, as well as a resource guide for your billing staff to review current guidelines, billing and coding, covered services, and compliance information.
- Learn ways you can enhance and streamline your billing process through Improving Your Third-Party Billing System, a self-paced online course from SAMHSA’s BHbusiness initiative.
CIHS continually updates its website to present the best and newest resources and information relevant to integrated primary and behavioral health care.