The upper limit of the range of consultation billed is counted toward the benefit limit. For example, if billing the 5- to 10-minute code and modifier, 10 minutes will count toward the benefit limit. For the 30+ minute code, 50 minutes will count toward the benefit limit. MHCP uses 50 minutes to establish the rate for this level of service delivery.
The treating professional is the mental health professional or treating clinical trainee providing psychotherapy to the child or family. A supervising professional is the mental health professional who supervises clinical trainees but does not provide psychotherapy to the child or family. Only a treating professional or treating clinical trainee can bill for these services.
Psychiatric consultation is a different service from clinical care consulation. Psychiatric consultation has the following main components: 1) it is initiated by primary care; 2) the child is not served by psychiatry and instead may be seeing primary care for a psychotropic medication assessment or medication monitoring, and 3) the consultation is meant to ensure that primary care is providing the most supportive medical care and possible mental health referrals to children who may qualify for a mental health diagnosis, but are not currently accessing psychiatry.
In clinical care consultation, the child is being served by both psychiatry and primary care and the purpose is to provide information to the primary care physician to help the child and the family achieve treatment goals. Thus, both the psychiatrist and primary care physician would both be treating the child in clinical care consultation.
No. Regardless if the mental health professional is the skills worker’s clinical supervisor or not, clinical care consultation in this instance is the same as clinical supervision and could not be billed as clinical care consultation.
Yes. The treating mental health professional or treating clinical trainee (psychotherapist) should bill one claim line for 15 minutes (5 min x 3 times). However, the psychotherapist must write three separate notes for the three separate consultations with the required elements.