Results Of Request For Compelling Evidence To Increase Psychotherapy CPT Codes

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Clinical Social Work

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In 2009, NASW informed its members that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for psychotherapy services were being considered for review to increase the work and practice expense values associated with reimbursement rates. Work values are based on the time, mental effort and judgment required to perform a service, and the stress encountered. Practice expense values involve the direct expenses of a clinical practice including clinical labor, medical supplies, and equipment. The review process is expected to take place some time in 2010 through the American Medical Association Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) and the Health Care Professional Advisory Committee (HCPAC), and reviewers will consider compelling evidence that psychotherapy codes should be revalued.

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