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WAC 182-531-1400

Agency filings affecting this section

Psychiatric physician-related services and other professional mental health services.

(1) The mental health services covered in the medical benefits described in this section are separate from the mental health services covered by the mental health managed care system administered under the authority of the mental health division pursuant to chapter 388-865 WAC. The department covers outpatient mental health services with the following limitations:
(a) For clients eighteen years of age and younger:
(i) The department pays for only one hour per day, per client, up to a total of twenty hours per calendar year, including the psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and family therapy visits that are medically necessary to the client's treatment;
(ii) The department limits medication management services to one per day, but this service may be billed by psychiatrists and psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) in conjunction with the diagnostic interview examination, or when a psychiatrist or psychiatric ARNP performs medication management services on the same day as a different licensed mental health practitioner renders another billable mental health service; and
(iii) The mental health services must be provided in an outpatient setting by a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric ARNP, social worker, marriage and family therapist, or mental health counselor who must:
(A) Be licensed, in good standing and without restriction, by the department of health under their appropriate licensure; and
(B) Have a minimum of two years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of clients eighteen years of age and younger and their families, including a minimum one year under the supervision of a mental health professional trained in child and family mental health. A licensed psychiatrist may provide these services and bill the department without meeting this requirement.
(b) For clients nineteen years of age and older:
(i) The department pays for only one hour per day, per client, up to a total of twelve hours per calendar year, including family or group therapy visits;
(ii) The department limits medication management services to one per day, but this service may be billed by psychiatrists and psychiatric ARNPs in conjunction with the diagnostic interview examination, or when a psychiatrist or psychiatric ARNP performs medication management services on the same day as a different licensed mental health practitioner renders another billable mental health service; and
(iii) The mental health services must be provided by a psychiatrist in an outpatient setting.
(2) The department covers inpatient mental health services with the following limitations:
(a) Must be provided by a psychiatrist;
(b) Only the total time spent on direct psychiatric client care during each visit; and
(c) One hospital call per day for direct psychiatric client care, including making rounds. Making rounds is considered direct client care and includes any one of the following:
(i) Individual psychotherapy up to one hour;
(ii) Family/group therapy; or
(iii) Electroconvulsive therapy.
(3) With the exception of medication management, the department covers other mental health services described in this section with the limitation of one per client, per day regardless of location or provider type.
(4) The department pays psychiatrists when the client receives a medical physical examination in the hospital in addition to a psychiatric diagnostic or evaluation interview examination.
(5) The department covers psychiatric diagnostic interview evaluations at the limit of one per provider, per calendar year unless a significant change in the client's circumstances renders an additional evaluation medically necessary and is authorized by the department.
(6) The department does not cover psychiatric sleep therapy.
(7) The department covers electroconvulsive therapy and narcosynthesis only when performed by a psychiatrist.
(8) The department pays psychiatric ARNPs only for mental health medication management and diagnostic interview evaluations provided to clients nineteen years of age and older.
(9) The department covers interactive, face-to-face visits at the limit of one per client, per day, in an outpatient setting. Interactive, face-to-face visits may be billed only for clients age twenty and younger.
(10) The client or licensed health care provider may request a limitation extension only when the client exceeds the total hour limit described in subsection (1) of this section, and for no other limitation of service in this section. The department will evaluate these requests in accordance with WAC 388-501-0169.
(11) DSHS providers must comply with chapter 388-865 WAC for hospital inpatient psychiatric admissions, and must follow rules adopted by the mental health division or the appropriate regional support network (RSN).
(12) Accepting payment under more than one contract or agreement with the department for the same service for the same client constitutes duplication of payment. If a client is provided services under multiple contracts or agreements, each provider must maintain documentation identifying the type of service provided and the contract or agreement under which it is provided to ensure it is not a duplication of service.
[WSR 11-14-075, recodified as § 182-531-1400, filed 6/30/11, effective 7/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.09.521. WSR 08-12-030, § 388-531-1400, filed 5/29/08, effective 7/1/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520. WSR 01-01-012, § 388-531-1400, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]