Price Comparison Summary Behavioral Health Services Madison And Related System Locations

The following are prices listed for the six behavioral health services required to be provided by hospitals in a consumer-friendly “shoppable services” search. Prices were retrieved 15 January 2022 on review of these three hospitals and related locations. Location Service SSMHealth St. Mary’s UnityPoint Health Meriter UW 30 Minute Therapy NF PC $154 45 Minute …

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2021 Update – Psychotherapy In Medicare

As with prior updates (e.g., 2019 and 2018, CMS data releases related to utilization tend to be 2 years behind the year of service provision. Data for services in 2019 became available at the end of August 2021, at Data.CMS.gov. The following analyses are for individual therapy sessions only (HCPCS 90832, 90834, and 90837). Psychotherapy plus medication, …

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Hospital Compliance With Federal Price Transparency Requirements: A Review of Madison, Wisconsin Hospitals

Background As of January 1, 2021, hospitals must comply with the “Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule,” requiring them to make their standard charges available to the public. Charges must be provided in two formats: “1. A comprehensive machine-readable file that includes all standard charges for all hospital items and services; and 2. A consumer-friendly display …

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No American Insurance Company Reimbursement Keeps Up With Inflation

Recently I’d tweeted this data-supported proposition and asked to be proven wrong. So far, no one’s done so. There is no American insurance company that has kept up with or exceeded the rate of inflation for reimbursement of any health care service. Especially mental health care. Prove me wrong. pic.twitter.com/c8j5iRsCXO — Gordon I. Herz PhD …

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Update – Psychotherapy in Medicare

I have previously reported about provision of psychotherapy in Medicare, most recently in 2019 and 2018. CMS data releases related to utilization are always at least 2 years behind the year of service provision. Data for services in 2018 became available early in February 2021, and the following analyses are based on those data, available …

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Update #3 Medicare 2021 – “Final” Reimbursement For Psychological Services

With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act December 21, 2020, signed into law six days later, the Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule received an unexpected pardon from the planned, unprecedented 10.2% reduction in the Conversion Factor governing all fees. Instead, the CF was increased from 32.4085 to 34.8931. An additional $3 Billion was allocated to …

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2021 Medicare Prices For Psychological Services

“NPA” = “National Payment Amount.” This will vary based on your geographic region. “RVU” = “Relative Value Unit.” This value is the total of the Work, Practice Expense (PE), and Malpractice components that make up every procedure that Medicare pays for. RVUs used to be objectively determined, but the process to determine these has become …

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Beware of Success

Historically, the “overhead” component (practice expense, PE) of the formula for pricing psychotherapy in Medicare has averaged 21% from 2000 to 2020. As a reminder, the national price of a service in Medicare is determined by three components, work, practice expense, and malpractice, which are then moderated by geographic location to produce the local values. …

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Update: Medicare National Values For Health and Behavior Assessment and Treatment Procedures

For interested readers, I’ve been able to extract the Medicare National Payment Amounts for the Health and Behavior (H&B) codes in 2020. An Assessment or Re-Assessment (96156) will be valued at $99.97. Sixty minutes of Individual Intervention (96158 + 2 x 96159) will be valued at $115.85. These are the National values, without geographic price …

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Pay raise for psychologists?

Psychologists were recently apprised of a “huge win” in advocacy in relation to Medicare, resulting in “rate increases (which) are strong evidence that CMS recognizes the importance of addressing the psychological factors that affect patients’ physical health problems (and) will make it financially more sustainable for psychologists to provide HBAI [health and behavior] services and …

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