"Patients with psychiatric illnesses frequently require general medical evaluation and management of their disease," stated
APA Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D., in the letter. "However, many health plans have a standing clinical policy
that limits psychiatrists to using the codes in the psychiatry section of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural
Terminology (CPT), even when the services they provide represent work that is outside the descriptors of these codes. When
general medical evaluation and management is provided, which is often the case, the appropriate way to bill for these medical
services would be to use the codes in the Evaluation and Management (E/M) section of CPT, which are available for use by all physicians. It should be noted here that Medicare does not limit psychiatrists in this way."