Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Billing Within RTM For 2024

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 98978 falls under the category of Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) and is a medical procedural code for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It denotes the supply of one or more devices for cognitive behavioral therapy’s remote therapeutic monitoring procedure, including scheduled recording and/or programmed alert transmission, and it is reported once every 30 days.

CPT code 98978 addresses the methodical process of promoting patient engagement and makes it easy for a healthcare professional to understand patient experience in a more dynamic and real-time manner.

This code represents supplying one or more devices for remote therapeutic monitoring for cognitive behavioral therapy. This code is reported once per 30 days and includes scheduled recording and/or programmed alert transmission every time the patient needs to engage with the RTM.

Brief Overview Of Billing CPT Code 98978 

  • It covers the cost of supplies for CBT monitoring devices. It does not cover the time the therapist spends evaluating and integrating data or engaging insights with the patient/caregiver.
  • To qualify for reporting within the RTM, the device used must be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Report this code only once every 30 days (not to be counted for every calendar month).
  • Unlike the other RTM codes, it has not been allocated a particular value and can be priced or covered at the payer’s discretion.
  • Before billing, check with payers directly (for pricing coverage).
  • When reporting cognitive behavioral therapy, Medicare will cover 98978 along with RTM services.
  • Use specific modifiers to indicate CBT services provided and check with your local Medicare contractor for pricing and billing information.

Physicians Final Schedule For Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, CMS finalized a new RTM code for the supply of a device for cognitive behavioral therapy monitoring (CPT Code 98978). Unlike the other CPT codes, there isn’t a standard reimbursement amount for this code yet. 

Since the technologies for this service are still evolving, there were no invoices for devices specific to cognitive behavioral therapy monitoring. To improve the opportunities and challenges related to coverage and claim processing, CMS is currently requesting information from clinicians, practitioners, and auxiliary staff.

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