Billing and Coding
2013 Psychotherapy Codes for Psychologists
This section contains information that psychologists need to know about the new CPT® codes for psychotherapy that take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Psychologists will use the codes when billing Medicare and all insurance carriers.
- Frequently asked questions about the 2013 psychotherapy codes
2013 Codes Lists
2013 Psychotherapy CPT® Codes for Psychologists (PDF, 280KB)
History of psychology's involvement with the codes
Insurance Company Billing
Using a Sliding Fee Schedule (PDF, 255 KB)
Health and Behavior Codes
This Testing Codes Toolkit from the APA Practice Organization contains information and material to help explain the proper use of the psychological and neuropsychological CPT® testing codes, payment for these codes and advocating with health insurance companies for appropriate reimbursement.
The following document contains clarification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to questions frequently raised about the billing codes.
Responses from CMS to common billing questions (PDF, 142KB)
2006 Testing Codes Toolkit
The testing codes were revised in 2006 to enable psychologists and physicians to bill for testing services administered by a technician or computer. These materials were originally posted in 2006, and still contain current information relevant to the use of these codes.
Read about the APA Practice Organization's latest efforts to address problems with payment for testing services:
Introduction to the Toolkit (PDF, 60KB)
Summary of Changes to the Codes for 2006 (PDF, 63KB)
Q&A About Using the Technician Billing Code (PDF, 47KB)
Q&A About Using the Computer Billing Code (PDF, 61KB)
Q&A About Carrier Implementation of the Codes (PDF, 66KB)
APA Division 40 Technician Policy (PDF, 67KB)
AACN Technician Policy (PDF, 60KB)
NAN Technician Policy (PDF, 66KB)
Note: The information in the Testing Codes Toolkit is subject to change and updating as the revised testing codes are implemented. The information provided here does not constitute legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining necessary personal legal advice and consultation prior to making decisions regarding individual circumstances.
For help with questions about or billing problems related to the revised testing codes, contact the APA Practice Directorate’s Government Relations Department at (202) 336-5889