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Red Ink or Red Tape? New CMS 1500 Forms

Dinah at Shrink Rap had all her Medicare billing sheets returned to her this week.  She had neglected to use the new forms with “red dropout ink.”  These forms are not provided by Medicare, but must be purchased by the psychiatrist from a government or commercial printer.  Good luck figuring out which parts of the form you’ll need, Dinah – seems as if there are many different versions (snapouts, continuation sheets, single sheets, part 1 and part 2) and they’ll cost you more than a few psychotherapy sessions will be reimbursed (not to mention the time you spend re-filling them out).

I suppose that if you do the math, it might be easier to just pay your patients to go elsewhere?  The red tape (in this case “red ink”) never ceases to amaze me.  Anyone else struggling with this problem?This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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