2013 psychotherapy CPT® codes for psychologists

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

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

 

90791

 

Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation

 

Psychotherapy

 

90832

 

Psychotherapy, 30 minutes with patient and/or family member

 

90834

 

Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with patient and/or family member

 

90837

 

Psychotherapy, 60 minutes with patient and/or family member

 

90845*

 

Psychoanalysis

 

90846*

 

Family psychotherapy without the patient present

 

90847*

 

Family psychotherapy, conjoint psychotherapy with the patient present

 

90849*

 

Multiple-family group psychotherapy

 

90853*

 

Group psychotherapy (other than of a multiple-family group)

 

Interactive complexity add-on code

 

90785

 

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

 

90839

 

Psychotherapy for crisis, first 60 minutes

 

90840

 

Add-on for each additional 30 minutes of psychotherapy for crisis, used in conjunction with code 90839

 

Pharmacologic management add-on code

 

90863

 

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.

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