Question Behavioral Health Warm Handoff

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How do other offices handle warm handoff's from provider to LCSW? Is this a service that you are billing for if the LCSW is with the patient/family for more than 16 minutes or is this just handled as a meet and greet. If billing are you billing for the 90791 psychiatric diagnostic eval or the 90832 psychotherapy 30 minutes with patient. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Our office does warm handoff's from the Medical Provider to the Behavioral Health Provider. The CPT is determine by the clinician and their documentation and time. They do have a non- billable code we created for them (BHNB) for those patient's that do not meet the 16 minute rule and then we have a "introduction code" (BHINT). These codes are not billed out, they are for tracking purposes only.
 
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