2013 psychotherapy CPT® codes for psychologists
Oct. 11, 2012—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.
Diagnostic interview procedures
Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation
Psychotherapy, 30 minutes with patient and/or family member
Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with patient and/or family member
Psychotherapy, 60 minutes with patient and/or family member
Family psychotherapy without the patient present
Family psychotherapy, conjoint psychotherapy with the patient present
Multiple-family group psychotherapy
Group psychotherapy (other than of a multiple-family group)
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
Pharmacologic 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 (PDF, 280KB) in the billing and coding section of our 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.