Sustaining the collaborative care model (CoCM): Billing newly available CoCM CPT codes in an Academic Primary Care System

Andrew D. Carlo*, Lauren Drake, Anna D.H. Ratzliff, Denise Chang, Jürgen Unützer

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Abstract

Novel Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes specific to the collaborative care model (CoCM) offer advantages over traditional billing options, but their uptake may require considerable billing and clinical workflow adjustments. This column presents a case study addressing the challenges of using these codes within the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics (UWNC), an academically affiliated primary care clinic system in western Washington State. The UWNC experience thus far demonstrates that CoCM CPT codes can successfully be used in a large academic primary care system to help move this evidence-based service model toward financial sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)972-974
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume71
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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