New CPT® codes for psychotherapy - Effective Jan. 1, 2013
As previously announced by the APA Practice Organization, new CPT® codes for psychotherapy
take effect on Jan. 1, 2013 for Medicare and all insurance carriers. Several diagnostic and therapeutic services have new code numbers as indicated in the code list for psychologists below. There are no changes to other codes that psychologists use, such as testing or health and behavior codes.
Please use this code list, along with other resources found in the billing and coding section of the APA Practice Organization’s Practice Central website, to help you prepare for psychotherapy services coding in 2013.
2013 Psychotherapy CPT® Codes for Psychologists
Effective January 1, 2013
|Diagnostic interview procedures
|| Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation
||Psychotherapy, 30 minutes with patient and/or
||Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with patient and/or
||Psychotherapy, 60 minutes with patient and/or
||Family psychotherapy without the patient present
||Family psychotherapy, conjoint psychotherapy
with the patient present
||Multiple-family group psychotherapy
||Group psychotherapy (other than of a
|Interactive complexity add-on code
||Add-on code to be used in conjunction with codes for primary service: psychiatric diagnostic evaluation (90791); psychotherapy (90832, 90834, 90837); and group psychotherapy (90853)
|Psychotherapy for crisis
||Psychotherapy for crisis, first 60 minutes
||Add-on for each additional 30 minutes of psychotherapy for crisis, used in conjunction with code 90839
|Pharmacological management add-on code
||Pharmacologic management, including prescription and review of medication, when performed with psychotherapy services; used only as add-on to primary psychotherapy code (90832, 90834, 90837)
* Same code numbers as for 2012
NOTE: The 2013 CPT manual contains additional new codes
for use by other qualified health care professionals, such
as those eligible to use evaluation and management (E/M)
codes. Examples: 90792, 90833, 90836, 90838.
This code list for psychologists is also
available as a PDF in the
billing and coding section of the APA Practice Central
website. Visit regularly to get information and updates
about the 2013 psychotherapy codes, including a forthcoming
crosswalk that compares the current psychotherapy codes to
the codes for 2013.
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