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Behavioral health coding guide


The Behavioral health coding resource (PDF) provides physician practices and their care teams with a list of key CPT codes that can be used (as deemed medically appropriate) when administering behavioral health screening, treatment and/or preventative services.

This is part of AMA’s broader efforts to empower health care organizations to overcome obstacles to accessible and equitable treatment for their patients’ behavioral, mental and physical health needs.

Behavioral health coding guide

Find key CPT codes that physicians and care teams can use (as appropriate) when administering behavioral health screening, treatment, and/or preventative services.

In this guide, physicians and their care teams can determine which potential CPT codes may be most applicable when caring for their patients’ behavioral health needs.

CPT® codes across the BHI continuum

CATEGORY A [Counseling Risk Factor Reduction and Behavioral Change Interventions]

Preventive Medicine: 99401, 99402, 99403, 99404, 99411, 99412

Behavior Change Interventions: 99406, 99407, 99408, 99409

CATEGORY B [Do not require larger collaboration outside of practice]

Psychotherapy: 90832, 90833, 90834, 90836, 90837, 90838, 90853

Developmental Behavioral Screening: 96127, 96110, 96161

CATEGORY C [Increased Collaboration Under Integrated Care]

Adaptive Behavior services: 97151, 97152, 97153, 97154, 97155, 97156, 97157, 97158

Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention: 96156, 96158, 96159, 96160, 96161, 96164, 96165, 96167, 96168 96170, 96171

CATEGORY D [Most comprehensive codes for an expansive coordination model]

General Behavioral Health Integration Care Management: 99484

Psychiatric Collaborative Care Management: 99492, 99493, 99494, G2214

Cognitive Assessment and Care Plan Services: 99483

Inter-professional Digital Services: 99446, 99447, 99448, 99449, 99451, 99452

CoCM General Management (Medicare): G0511

Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model (Medicare): G0512

Download the AMA's Behavioral health coding guide (PDF) to learn more.

Please also check out the BHI Collaborative’s Behavioral Health Integration Compendium, which serves as a tool to help provide health care organizations with a proven pathway for delivering integrated behavioral care and ensure they have the most recent, actionable information at their disposal.

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