Psychiatric Rating Scales

Use of psychiatric rating scales can improve patient outcomes and result in additional insurance payments. Despite these benefits, many psychiatrists don’t use widely recognized and clinically accepted psychiatric tests and rating scales. Based on our extensive communication with our clients and the psychiatric community, it is apparent that the primary reason for this is a lack of access.

Additionally, most psychiatrists have not been adequately informed, or have been misinformed, about insurance reimbursement for the completion of psychiatric tests and rating scales. It is often thought that the patient interaction involved in completing the test is non-reimbursable “face to face” time. In fact, many insurance companies pay additional reimbursement for rating scales when billed properly.

PatientTrac addresses both problems: Our rating scales and tests are readily available on a progress note, and it’s easy to add a rating scale to a bill or an insurance claim.

PatientTrac provides instant access to recognized psychiatric tests and rating scales, allowing users to document quantitative, measurable clinical data.
PatientTrac users can view rating scale questions on a tablet PC and enter the patient’s answers using either a stylus or fingers (touchscreen required). Any subjective comments during the test are easily entered with handwriting recognition or touchscreen. Once the responses have been entered, PatientTrac calculates the numeric test results and provides a final report with the clinical result determination, as defined by the author of the test.

Use of rating scales results in:

  • accurate diagnosis support
  • improved treatment results
  • measurable outcome of treatment protocols
  • additional insurance payments

The library of tests and scales in PatientTrac is constantly upgraded based on our clients’ needs. We incorporate any test or scale requested by the client, at no charge, after we have received copyright permission (where applicable). Tests we offer include the United States Army’s Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Disorder Scale; the Rhode Island Bariatric Surgery Evaluation; the United States Navy Security and Clearance Evaluation; and many other well-recognized adult, child and geriatric tests and scales.

PatientTrac will add any additional scale a client requests, at no charge (after receiving written permission from the author).

The following is a complete list of rating scales which are which are a built-in feature of PatientTrac EMR and available to a physician, RN or PA for completion during the patient visit.

For any age group:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Bipolar Disorder Scale
  • Geriatric Pain Evaluation
  • General Pain Evaluation Complex
  • Hamilton Depression Rating Scale
  • Pain Scale Simple
  • Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale
  • PHQ-9 Depression Screening
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Scale civilian
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Scale military
  • MDQ (Mood Disorder Questionnaire)
  • Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology
  • Suicide Scale
  • Yale–Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale
  • Young Mania Rating Scale

For adult psychiatry:

  • Adult Developmental History
  • Bariatric Surgery Evaluation
  • BPRS (Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale)

For child Psychiatry:

  • Child Developmental History

For geriatric psychiatry:

  • AIMS (Abnormal Involuntarily Movement)
  • Clinical Dementia Rating Scale
  • Geriatric Depression Rating Scale
  • Katz ADL
  • MMSE