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Integrating Mental Health Care Into Primary Care Doesn’t Add to Costs, a Penn-IBX Study Found

Philadelphia Inquirer

From Philadelphia Inquirer:

In 2017, Medicare created billing codes that allow primary care doctors to get paid for the time they spend collaborating with mental health and other professionals. Private insurers subsequently adopted those billing codes.

The codes also pay for the services of a behavioral health care manager in the primary care office and for consultations with a psychiatric consultant, said Matthew Press, a Penn primary care physician who led the development of collaborative care at Penn.

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