Are you prepared to use the new psychotherapy codes?

The codes take effect on Jan. 1, 2013

By Communications staff

Dec. 19, 2012—Yet another reminder for practitioners: Beginning Jan. 1 psychologists will need to use the new CPT® codes for psychotherapy when billing Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance carriers.

The coding changes for 2013 involve only the psychotherapy family of codes found in the Psychiatry section of the 2013 CPT manual. There are no changes to other codes used by psychologists, such as testing or health and behavior codes.

A comprehensive list of resources for using the new codes, including a compilation of frequently asked questions and a crosswalk of 2012 psychotherapy codes to 2013 codes, is available in the Billing and Coding section of the APA Practice Organization’s Practice Central website.

The APA Practice Organization will continue to provide information for members on the Billing and Coding webpage as the new codes are implemented. If you still have questions after reviewing the material on our website, please email us or call our Practitioner Helpline toll-free, (800) 374-2723.

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