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November 2012

Coming Soon: Important Changes to Billing Codes by Barbara Griswold, LMFT

Navigating the Insurance Maze by Barbara Griswold, LMFTWhile this won't take effect until January 1, 2013, heads up: Major changes are coming to the CPT billing codes that therapists use on insurance claims and invoices. These codes indicate what kind of service was provided. The changes will involve the most common codes therapists use. This article will give you an overview of the changes and what you need to do now, so that in January you don't end up with a month's worth of denied claims.

A few notable changes:

  • There will now be just three timed codes to be used for psychotherapy in all settings.
  • The code for extended therapy session 75-80 minutes (90808) is being deleted.
  • There is no longer a code restricted to "individual therapy" - psychotherapy codes are...READ MORE
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Transitioning to the New CPT Codes

2013 CPT Code ChangesNow you know all about the changes in the CPT Codes. Some have been deleted. Some have been added. Some have been streamlined. Some are more restrictive. The questions is, how do you remember all of the changes? Should you make a list and have it handy on your desk? Do you prefer to memorize all of the new codes? If you weren't using Argonaut, this might be exactly what you would consider doing. 

Argonaut is making the transition to the new CPT Codes simple. We will be updating our system with a list of the new CPT Codes for January 1, 2013. After a session, users will be able to document the correct Code with the click of a button from the available drop-down menu. The changeover from old to new CPT Codes will be seamless, and you won't have to try and memorize all of the new codes. 

We understand that there may also be a need to access the old CPT Codes for your pre-2013 client sessions. For a limited time, we will have the old CPT Codes available, as well.  

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Argonaut Software Customer Benefits Program: AATBS Free 3-CEU Course

We are excited to announce a new Partner in our Argonaut Software Customer Benefits Program. AATBS, The Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences, is committed to delivering dynamic educational content to mental health professionals based on the latest conceptual paradigms in their field. AATBS offers a variety of courses applicable to mental health professionals with strong emphasis on the EPPP, MFT, ASWB, CPSE, and NCE licensing examinations in addition to continuing education.

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More than half a million mental health professionals have benefited from the educational content and strategies offered by AATBS for over 35 years. AATBS' commitment to helping mental health professionals pass their licensing exams is complimented by AATBS' wide-scale CE offerings. New courses are in constant development as AATBS is committed to making the professional learning experience both practical and relevant. CE course material and content is easily distilled into actionable knowledge applicable to the workplace. AATBS is proud to be of service to mental health professionals who contribute to the health and well-being of their communities nation-wide.

AATBS is pleased to offer Argonaut customers a FREE 3-CEU course titled "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Manual for Anger Management" and 15% OFF any additional Continuing Education courses (http://www.aatbs.com/argonaut). Use Coupon Code: ARGO15. 

Learn More about Argonaut's Customer Benefit Program Partner: AATBS