New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers

Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT

Clinical Social Work

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Effective January 2013, clinical social workers will begin using new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients. For the first time since 1998, the family of psychotherapy codes has gone through a major revision process. NASW provided national social work leadership in the development and approval processes for the new and revised psychotherapy codes through the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel. In addition to working with CPT panel, NASW also worked collaboratively with the American Psychiatric Association, Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Nurses Association, and American Psychological Association.

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