Policy Issues & Resources: CPT Codes
2013 CPT Code Changes for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
- Removal of evaluation and management (E/M) plus psychotherapy combination codes from the psychiatry section (90805, 90807)
- Deletion of 90862, the code for pharmacologic management (providers to use appropriate E/M code)
- Addition of code 90785 for interactive complexity
- New codes and time intervals for psychotherapy
- New code for psychotherapy for a patient in crisis
Payers Not Accepting 2013 CPT Codes? That's a HIPAA violation.
The AMA recommends filing a complaint through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website and/or through the AMA's Health Plan Complaint Form. AMA members and their practice staff can also download sample appeal letters and customize them for use in their practices.
Resources to Get You Through the CPT Code Changes
- National Council's Frequently Asked Questions, with crosswalk (3/7/13)
- AMA Code Book for 2013, available for purchase at www.amabookstore.com or 1-800-621-8335
- National Council fact sheet with crosswalk
- National Council’s Compliance Watch series on CPT
- The Compliance Watch newsletter is designed to help you stay current with regulatory changes and best practices in corporate compliance. It is one of the most unique publications of its kind in behavioral health, giving you the information and guidance needed to reduce and manage risk. The newsletter features articles by experts sharing their successes in reducing audit and investigatory risk while maintaining high clinical standards. Subscribers receive regular email updates listing the latest articles available online, as well as alerts on breaking news. You can subscribe to Compliance Watch by going to: https://store.thenationalcouncil.org/catalog/list_products?category=5
- The new series on CPT codes will offer a number of different articles on the upcoming changes and the first one will be written by David Swann.
- Preparation check list to help your organization get ready for January 1st (this will download an Excel file; it will not open a new web page)
- This list was originally developed by our Minnesota association. See something we should add? Send your ideas to Nina.
- AACAP's Interactive Complexity Guide for use of +90785, the new add-on code for interactive complexity
- Need some levity? Take two minutes to watch our holiday video, "We Wish You a Merry CPT Code Transition!"
- See below for information specifically on Evaluation and Management services
National Council Webinar: "CPT Code Changes: E/M 102, Level Selection and Documentation Support," January 9, 12:00-2:00pm EST
Note: Changes were made on 1/11/13 to slides #30 and #64
Handout on Coding for Key Components, referenced in webinar
- National Council Webinar: “E/M 101: Preparing Your Organization for 2013 CPT Code Changes,” December 3, 1:00-3:00pm EST
- National Council Webinar: “CPT Code Changes for 2013: Impact on Behavioral Health,” November 9, 2012
Evaluation and Management Codes
- CMS 1997 Evaluation and Management Guidelines
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Evaluation and Management Coding Guides and Webinars
- AACAP's E/M Services Guide for Coding by Key Components, which helps select an E/M code based on history, exam, and medical decision making
- AACAP's E/M and Psychotherapy Coding Algorithm, which guides you through how to report services when provided with psychotherapy
Reimbursement and Rate-Setting
Changes that are made to CPT codes are separate from service and reimbursement policy set by payers. It is very important to check with each of the insurance carriers you work with (both privately and publicly-funded) to determine what codes they will cover, at what rates, and if there are any limitations. Your provider contracts may need to be amended; in other cases, a fee schedule update may suffice.
- Medicare: Payment rates for individual services are calculated by Medicare using three different components: Relative Value Units (RVUs), Conversion Factor, and Geographic Practice Cost Indices. On November 1, 2012, CMS published through regulation the RVUs for services for 2013 (except for crisis psychotherapy codes). This is the first step for establishing rates under Medicare. The psychiatry section begins on page 531 of the published rule.
- Medicaid: CPT code changes happen annually and therefore your State Medicaid agencies and payment vendors have a routine process for updating the CPT codes in their system; find out what it is in your state and what to expect by being in touch with people involved with the payment systems.
- Private Payers: Any payers that use CPT codes for reporting or payment will be impacted by these changes. Be in touch with them to find out how they are approaching the transition.
Wondering about the rate differential between 90791 and 90792 (psychiatric services without and with medical services)? See the APA's explanation from February.
The National Council is providing these resources to assist behavioral health organizations' transitions to the new CPT code set for 2013. The information provided should not be considered a substitute for professional or legal advice on compliance matters.
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