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Is mental health billing different from general medical billing?

The mental health insurance industry is highly saturated by managed care. This means that many times verification of benefits and certification for services is complicated by determining which entity has been subcontracted for which service. Psychiatric diagnoses differ from general medical diagnostic classification and coding. A general medical billing company may not be familiar with DSM classification. Especially as it pertains to psychological and neuropsychological testing, often times general medical billing companies do not understand the unique demands of billing for these services.