These days, my inbox runneth over with e-mails from therapists nationwide, struggling to understand the new 2013 CPT codes, which are used on all claim forms, therapy invoices, and superbills. It’s understandable, since whether we understand them or not, for all sessions after December 31st 2012 we need to be using the new codes, or else all our January claims will be denied.

Are YOU ready? Hopefully you know that the CPT codes are changing, and have some basic information about the new codes. They may seem straightforward, yet many of us are making assumptions that are not true. For example, many of us who used to code 90806 for 45-50 minute psychotherapy sessions have told me they plan to start billing using the 60 minute code (90837), not knowing this could be problematic. Most of us still have questions, like:
* Which codes ARE changing, and which aren’t? Why are they changing?
* Which codes are new, and when do I use them?
* When do I use a family/couples code, now that “individual” codes can include family?
* How are crisis and interactive complexity defined? How do I denote add-on codes on the claim? Do I use the plus sign?
* How do I bill for extended sessions, now that 90808 has been deleted?
* What if sessions don’t fit neatly into the new 30, 45, or 60 minute therapy times?
* What is an E/M code? Do I have to worry about this?
* Which codes do I use when I submit 2012 sessions in 2013?

Never fear! I’ll be your guide. I’ve boiled down in-depth research into an easy-to-understand 8-page Special Report for you, with just enough detail to answer your specific questions, without overwhelming you. It is sure to be a great reference you will use repeatedly, with useful charts so you can see both the old and new codes, showing how add-on codes look on the claim form (not as you would expect), frequently asked questions, and a full page of resources. While it is not meant to be a comprehensive guide for doctors, there is a short section for medical providers with an overview of the key changes in CPT psychiatry codes and Evaluation/Management coding, and resources for where to learn more.

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Barbara Griswold, LMFT
Author, Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide
to Working With Insurance– And Whether You Should