AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 7 (July)

Psychiatric Therapeutic Procedures, 90806 (Q&A) (July 1999)

July 1999 page 10e Coding Consultation Psychiatric Therapeutic Procedures, 90806 (Q&A) Question Our physician provides face-to-face psychotherapy services for 60 minutes. As the code descriptors for CPT codes 90804-90809 are differentiated by specific time increments, with CPT code 90806 providing for 45-50 minutes of face-to-face time spent with the patient and 90808 providing for 75-80 minutes face-to-face time, how do I report 60 minutes of face-to-face psychotherapy services? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective it is important to recognize that the face-to-face time reported by codes 90804-90829 is an approximate amount of time, since the code descriptors...

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