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Integrating Behavioral Health Care with Primary Care

What is BHI? Medicare Behavioral Health Integration is a service for your patient that does not require the use of a behavioral health care team.

Primary care physicians who are treating Medicare patients with a depression diagnosis can utilize this service without a behavioral health manager or a psychiatric consultant. The primary care provider may deliver the general BHI service in its entirety.

Medicare makes separate payment to physicians and nonphysician practitioners (any provider eligible to utilize the E/M services) for BHI services they provide to beneficiaries over a calendar month service period. The service elements may be completed by the billing practitioner who can be a physician and/or nonphysician practitioner (PA, NP, CNS, CNM) that typically specializes in primary care, but may be of another specialty (e.g., cardiology, oncology, psychiatry). For additional information or if you have questions, please email us at

Updated 7/8/2021
Posted 6/29/2021