The American Medical Association has changed coding for Mental Health Services effective January 1, 2013. Due to the new coding, insurance companies are experiencing a log jam of claims that have gone unpaid. This seriously affects all Mental Health caregivers who are not being paid, as well as MILLIONS of patients whose treatment will be cut off because of the new coding (some of which cuts down therapy time to 45 minutes from the previous 50 minutes allowable). Is our current society only paying lip service to the importance of Mental Health care? Quality mental health services should be covered more, not less under these coding changes. Are we going to experience more chaos from leaving the seriously mentally ill hanging? After Aurora and Newtown incidents we see the danger to the general public of leaving patients undertreated/untreated. AMA, reinstate last years codes until we have a strong consensus as to how to move forward with Mental Health care in the United States of America.
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Virginia Fountain, United States2 years ago Comments: Save Mental Health Funding now! The American Medical Association has changed coding for insurance companies that has created massive gridlock. Millions of people in the US will be cut off from Mental Health Services soon if we don't act. Send the AMA a message that they need to reinstate last year's coding to the insurance companies so that Mental Health Caregivers will be paid and the very serious mentally ill patients will resume their care. Let's not just blame the guns--let's get to the root of the problem instead of paying lip service on the importace of helping the mentally ill.
Virginia Fountain, United States2 years ago Comments: This is important, please pass this on!
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