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    Health Service Code 08.12A

    Certification under the Mental Health Act

    Category:V Visit
    Base rate:$57.03

    AMA billing tips:

    • The 08.12A can be billed in addition to a visit or consultation when the criteria are met.

    Fee modifiers:

    TypeCode# of callsExplicitActionAmount
    SURCEVYesIncrease By$48.70
    SURCNTAMYesIncrease By$116.83
    SURCNTPMYesIncrease By$116.83
    SURCWKYesIncrease By$48.70

    Governing Rules:

    • 4.11.1

      A physician may submit claims for group psychotherapy, psychiatric management and/or indirect services for the same patient on the same day.

    • 15.9

      The unscheduled service benefit (modifier SURC) may be claimed for the services outlined in GRs 15.9.1 through 15.9.3.

    • 15.9.1

      selected "V" category code services:

      1. consultations, including telehealth (except those provided using store and forward videotechnology);
      2. intensive care unit visits (HSC 03.05A);
      3. psychiatric mental status determination requiring complete mental health status examination and investigation (HSC 08.11A);
      4. for complex patient, requiring complete mental status examination and investigation (HSC 08.11C);
      5. certification under the Mental Health Act (HSC 08.12A);
      6. trauma assessment, multiple trauma, severely injured patient (HSC 13.99GA);
      7. hyperbaric oxygen therapy detention time (HSC 13.99I);
      8. medical emergency detention (HSC 13.99J);
      9. management of complex labor, per 15 minutes (HSC 13.99JA);
      10. donor maintenance prior to cadaveric harvesting of organs (HSC 13.99L);
      11. examination and crisis counseling for sexual/physical abuse (HSC 13.99V);
      12. attendance at delivery (HSC 87.98E).