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Why Should You Join GPA If you Don't Live in Atlanta?

Thursday, August 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hannah Steinberg

A Testimonial By Dr. John Adler

 

"I will focus on the most obvious reason – money.

Let me start with the first crisis of 2020: the change in the CPT codes. Although I belong to a large eastern Georgia practice with three offices and approximately 30 employees, no one had any idea what to do with the new CPT situation. It was only through the hard work of GPA and the dissemination of this information on the listserv that the appropriate billing strategies became apparent. This literally saved our practice and me personally thousands of dollars -  knowing how to bill appropriately for services at the beginning of the year to get  authorizations and deal with the insurance companies.

It then appeared that our focus turned to difficulties with authorizations. This also created a financial liability. Once again through the efforts of the insurance committee at GPA and the dissemination of this information on the listserv, this resulted in a savings of a substantial amount of money.

Finally when the virus hit a third and bigger crisis ensued. Issues arose-whether or  not to stay open; whether we would be able to do telehealth; which insurance companies would pay for it; how to appropriately bill with the right codes and modifiers; how we were going to handle the issue of testing; and now, the last fight, how to make sure there is no backpedaling on the part of the insurance companies with regards to  extending telehealth coverage.

It is hard to overstate the importance of GPA and the dissemination of this information on the listserv in terms of the financial health of our practices. This collaborative information saved me personally thousands of dollars, especially my ability to stay fully open with no loss of income during the current crisis.

THIS INFORMATION FOR NON ATLANTA PSYCHOLOGISTS IS EVEN MORE VITAL SINCE WE TEND TO BE LESS INFORMED AND MORE ISOLATED REGARDING THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION

Not to spend a few hundred dollars a year to reap these benefits would in my opinion be extremely foolish.

I don't want to leave out the great colleagues I have met and the discourses we have had - those are priceless."