Drug & Addiction Center Billing

by | Jul 27, 2018 | Medical Billing

Just as hospitals, medical centers and doctors’ offices need help with their billing processes, so too do drug and addiction centers. These centers are designed to treat people of all ages who suffer from all manner of drugs and addictions, from prescription drug abuse and hard drug abuse to alcohol and drug addiction treatments. As the owner or office manager of a drug and addiction center, you know all too well how tricky this area can be to monitor and enforce.

Substance abuse billing is different in many ways from medical billing and coding, and comes with its own set of challenges and parameters. This is why billing has to be handled in a specialized way. This is also why there is such a high value placed on partnering with a specialized substance abuse billing company rather than a standard medical billing company. Ideally, you should hire a medical billing company that handles both aspects because you know they offer a well-rounded suite of services.

Why You Need Specialized Services

Procedure codes form the foundation of the billing process, which help insurance companies identify what is being prescribed by the doctor, clinician or therapist to prevent potential insurance fraud. Each industry has different sets of codes and protocols for filing claims. Lacking an understanding of the specific substance abuse billing procedure codes means a medical billing coder is essentially ineffective. Costly mistakes can happen, all at your expense.

The substance abuse billing company and the treatment center both know and understand the patient’s struggles inside and out, allowing for a stronger, combined effort that results in better communication between all parties involved: the treatment center, billing company, and insurance carrier. This is achieved through customized paperwork solutions, such as verification of benefits forms for each center’s use.

Billing companies accustomed to working with treatment centers know the details of how the every-day business is run. With such a specialized knowledge of the substance abuse industry, billing providers can offer rehab facilities the best possible care for patients.


There are many resources for drug and addiction centers and the billing providers that help them. The codes alone can be staggering. From Medically Supervised Outpatient Withdrawal to Chemical Dependency for Youth Outpatient Clinic, the list can go on and on. Proper knowledge of these codes inside and out is mandatory for any billing provider. Some helpful resources for codes include:

Center on Addiction

American Society of Addiction Medicine

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Department of Health and Human Services

Here at Medical Healthcare Solutions, we understand the intricacies of substance abuse center billing codes, with a highly experienced team that works hand in hand with the treatment team and the insurance company. Offering both a customer service and clinical perspective, we can ensure you receive compensation for all services rendered. Count on us to understand all the intricate methods needed to correctly bill for substance abuse, behavioral health and eating disorders, among others, founded on a deep knowledge of chemical dependency, detox, dual diagnoses and behavioral health disorders. We also know it’s critical to bill the insurance companies right the first time.

Our clients can rest assured they will receive reimbursement for every level of care they offer, from verification of benefits to electronic billing and collections. Plus, we stay apprised of all the latest insurance and coding procedures so you can enjoy high returns.

To learn more about our drug and addiction center billing, contact Medical Healthcare Solutions today online or call us at 800-762-9800, or fill out our online form for a speedy reply to your query.

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