Question Coding for Family of seven

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HELP!! I am new to BH coding and in need of some help and clarification on billing for Family therapy, if I have a family of seven (mom, dad and 5 children) all coming in for one family session would I bill this as a 90847 or a 90849? The second question would be, how would I choose the Identified patient to bill under when all family members attending the session have conflicts with one another and that is the reason for therapy. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!
 

mdressler6601

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Hi, the 90849 is for different multiple families, so this code would not be appropriate. You would still use 90847. There should be one person in the family unit that will be designated the patient. Your provider should be able to instruct which patient is the correct one to bill under.

Mary Dressler, CPC, CEMC
 
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