AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 2 (February)

Medicine: Psychiatry (Q&A) (February 2011)

February 2011 page 9 Medicine: Psychiatry Question: At our facility, an initial psychiatric diagnostic interview and examination is conducted on each patient. However, since these examinations are performed by a therapist licensed to perform psychotherapy and not a psychiatrist (MD), may we report CPT code 90801, Psychiatric diagnostic interview examination? Answer: Yes. CPT code 90801, Psychiatric diagnostic interview examination, describes a service in which the clinician elicits a history (from the patient and/or his family), performs a mental status examination, establishes a tentative diagnosis of the patient, and evaluates disposition. This may include evaluating the patient’s capacity to...

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