Psychiatric Practice and Managed Care
Psychiatric News
Volume 39 Number 23 page 20-20

Q:How do I choose between using a psychotherapy code with E/M or 90862, the pharmacologic management code?

A: You need to consider the primary service you provided. If you saw the patient for medication management and provided no or minimal psychotherapy, choose 90862. If, however, you primarily had a psychotherapy session during which you evaluated the patient's medication regimen, choose the psychotherapy code with E/M that appropriately describes the length of time of the session.

If you have a specific CPT coding question, you can e-mail your query to hsf@psych.org, and we'll forward it to APA's CPT coding experts and provide you with an answer.FIG1

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