Easy way to learn CPT codes for Psychotherapy



CPT codes for Psychotherapy for diagnostic evaluation


The diagnostic evaluation for psychotherapy includes the patient’s psychosocial history, current mental status, ordering of diagnostic studies and then followed by treatment recommendation.  In diagnostic evaluation we have two CPT codes for psychotherapy which are 90791 and 90792. The CPT code 90792 is assigned when additional medical services are done such as prescription of drugs or physical examination. These codes includes the all the communication or conversations done with family members during the diagnostic evaluation. Below is the code description of these CPT codes.

90791 Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation

90792 Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation with medical services



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Time bound CPT codes for Psychotherapy



The physician has to use different techniques to treat the patient for mental illness or behavior disturbances. The physician also tries to encourage personality growth and development in patients. These techniques are paid on the basis of amount of time spend face to face with the patient without any evaluation and management service. There are few CPT codes for psychotherapy which are divided on the basis of time limits of face to face interaction of the patient with the physician. So below are the CPT codes with the description used for such procedures.

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CPT code for Psychotherapy

90832 Psychotherapy30 minutes with patient and/or family member

90833 Psychotherapy, 30 minutes with patient and/or family member when 
performed with an evaluation and management service (List separately in addition to the code for primary procedure)

90834 Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with patient and/or family member

90836 Psychotherapy45 minutes with patient and/or family member when performed with an evaluation and management service (List separately in addition to the code for primary procedure)

90837   Psychotherapy, 60 minutes with patient and/or family member

90838 Psychotherapy60 minutes with patient and/or family member when performed with an evaluation and management service (List separately in addition to the code for primary procedure)


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CPT codes for Psychotherapy for crisis


Again these codes are time bound and should be used within a time limit. But these CPT codes are used when the patient is having life-threatening or high complex psychiatric crisis. There are two CPT Codes used for such procedures. Cpt Code 90839 and 90840 are used for these procedures. CPT code 90840 is an add on code and should be used only with CPT code 90839. These codes include history, mental status examination, mobilization of resources, and implementation treatment

90839 Psychotherapy for crisis; first 60 minutes

90840 Psychotherapy for crisis; each additional 30 minutes (List separately in addition to code for primary service)

Family CPT codes for Psychotherapy


The therapist meets with the patient’s family as a part of patient evaluation and treatment process. The CPT codes for psychotherapy here vary without the presence of patient and with presence of patient. Also, there are codes divided on the basis on evaluating multiple family groups by meeting several patients’ families together. This is usually done for cases having similar problems. Main attention is always given to the impact of the patient condition on the family. The CPT codes here are coded once for each family group. Below are the CPT codes with description.

90846 Family psychotherapy (without the patient present)

90847 Family psychotherapy (conjoint psychotherapy) (with patient present)

90849 Multiple-family group psychotherapy

90853 Group psychotherapy (other than of a multiple-family group)

Hope , you all have understood how to different between CPT codes for psychotherapy, if you have any questions do comment below.

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24 January 2016 at 09:45 delete

When all is said in done, there are numerous strategies in peopling as a psychotherapist. Known as "modalities", these procedures manage stress related issues, numerous other passionate issues, addictions and negative behavior patterns, and even compromise in a relationship setting. Providing therapy for individuals

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