Behavioral health billing is one of the more complicated types of medical billing. Due to the many different types of behavioral health and substance abuse treatment options and the varying ways in which insurance providers require their claims to be submitted, legitimate claims are often denied.
This denial can leave healthcare providers in a precarious situation. On the one hand, they need to treat patients who have medical issues, while on the other, lagging collections can lead to cash flow problems for the providers.
To mitigate these issues, it’s important to have a team of medical billing specialists with specialized knowledge of the behavioral health billing process.
They should understand how to appropriately bill insurance providers and clients to ensure that claims are approved, and reimbursement is received in a timely manner. Awareness of common billing mistakes can help make the process much smoother.