September 2, 1999
MEMORANDUM FOR DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF AND
CENTRAL PAYING UNIT
FROM: Sally Howard, Deputy Director
SUBJECT: Authorization and Payment for Psychological and Psychiatric
In May 1995 a memo was issued to District Supervisors regarding procedures for
authorizing and paying for psychological and psychiatric services. At that time staff was
instructed to authorize therapy by psychologists at the rate of $60 per hour and
psychiatrists at UCR.
Since that time our fees have changed so authorizations are incorrect if the $60 rate is
used. We have also experienced problems when paying for psychotherapy with a similar
benefit involved if we have authorized a set rate (some therapists want the $60 regardless
of what the similar benefit has paid). In order to eliminate these problems, please authorize
therapy by both psychologists and psychiatrists at UCR. As in the past, psychiatrists
will be paid based on the CPT code submitted on the invoice and psychologists will be
paid at our current established rate (the current rate for psychologists is $65.40 per hour).
Staff may need to inform vendors to invoice at their "usual, customary fee" instead of the
rate authorized for any authorizations that have already been issued to psychologists
using an incorrect cost per hour. It will not be necessary to cancel and reissue
authorizations unless district staff prefers to handle in this manner.