Collateral Contact Information
A collateral contact is someone who sits in during a client's sessions but is not being seen by the therapist for treatment. A collateral contact will not have access to client/session notes without a Release of Information from the identified patient, will not be considered an actual client in therapy, will not carry the diagnosis from treatment, and will not use insurance.
An identified client is someone who is on record as seeing a therapist for treatment. They use insurance and will carry a diagnosis from the therapist. An identified client will have access to client/session notes and will have to sign a Release of Information to share with collateral contact, will be considered an actual client in therapy, will carry the diagnosis from treatment, and will use insurance.
How Does this Work with Insurance:
The identified client will use their insurance to pay for sessions. It is billed as 90487 (Family/Couples Therapy with patient present).
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