Psychotherapy Coding Tips: Maximize Reimbursement, Prevent Denials

Length: 90 minutes Expert: Barbara Griswold, LMFT CEU: 1.5

As a mental health clinician or therapist, getting paid the most you’re allowed is not an easy task. You have to pay attention to your own coding rules and limited code sets with minimal specialty guidance. Fortunately, there are ways to capture more money while decreasing your risk for costly audits.

Ultimately, even if you don’t code your claims, you are responsible for what is billed. Although you didn’t get into mental health to be a coder, there is too much at stake for you not to have a handle on how you are paid.

And it’s not only about making sure you are paid correctly. If your mental health claims are incorrectly coded, you can be targeted for an audit. Then, auditors can dig through your records for years to identify violations and apply hefty penalties and fines across the board.

Ensuring your claims are coded and reimbursed correctly doesn’t have to be hard if you know how…

Expert author and therapist, Barbara Griswold, LMFT can help. During her upcoming 90-minute online training session, you can boost your understanding of mental health CPT coding to ensure your claims are billed correctly, that you get paid more of what you deserve, and stay under auditor radars.

Here is just some of the step-by-step psychotherapy coding advice you’ll receive by attending this online training:

  • Capture more revenue for 90837 (Psychotherapy 60 minutes) under these circumstances
  • Escape penalties for common Family and Couples Therapy (90847 and 90846) coding errors
  • Get paid more for Extended Sessions (over 60 minutes) with 3 allowable coding methods
  • Uncover hidden reimbursement with accurate use of Prolonged Services codes
  • Utilize Crisis codes (90839 and +90840) to get more of the reimbursement you deserve in tough cases
  • Increase pay up with the use of Brief Behavioral Assessments (96127)
  • Properly bill Intake CPT code 90791 without becoming an audit target
  • Improve pay-up with Interactive Complexity Add-On Code (+90785) when patient communication difficulties complicate treatment
  • Avoid claim denials by using the new 2020 CPT Health and Behavior Assessment codes
  • And so much more…

Who Should Attend? Anyone responsible and liable for payment of mental health services including mental health clinicians, therapists, counselors, office administrators, and billers. Remember, you are the one responsible for determining the correct code on every claim, even if you aren’t the one doing the coding.

Note: This training will not cover Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding.

Register for this clinician online training and finally have confidence that you are coding accurately and ethically to maximize reimbursement for the mental health services you provide.

Don’t wait. Sign up today.

Meet Your Expert

Barbara Griswold
LMFTPractice Consultant

Barbara Griswold, MFT, is a practice consultant and the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance — And Whether You Should, now in the newly-updated seventh edition (  In private practice in San Jose, CA., she has more than 20 years’ experience as a network provider for more than 20 insurance plans.

She has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” and her articles have appeared in Psychotherapy Networker and The Therapist magazines.  She is a past member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists State Ethics Committee, and is an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University, where she teaches therapists how to work with insurance, and what is missing from their client charts.

She invites therapists to visit her website for helpful articles, webinars, resources, or to schedule a consultation to get help with insurance questions and problems, and to subscribe to her free monthly e-newsletter to keep abreast of the ever-changing world of insurance.


The webinar was broken down well into subjects. Having the handouts printed prior to follow along with was very helpful!
Loni Dobbyn
Office Manager, The Center for Counseling
The handouts were very helpful. I only had to take minor notes.
Donna Haste
Office Manager/Billing Clerk, Cherokee Counseling
It was very informative!
Andrea Lantzy
Coder, Northeastern Rehabilitation Assoc.
Everything was well put together from beginning to end, very informative with great knowledge of the topic.
Ray Parra
Billing Supervisor, Genesis Behavioral Health