Results of 2010 Psychotherapy Survey

Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT

Clinical Social Work

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Section 1848(2) (B) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to review all relative values units (RVUs), also known as work values, of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes every five years and perform updates as needed. In 2010, NASW participated in the fourth Five Year Review sponsored by CMS and the American Medical Association Relative Value Scale (RVS) Update Committee (RUC). Known as the psychotherapy survey, the process for social work purposes consisted of surveying 13 psychiatric CPT codes used by clinical social workers who diagnose and treat mental illness. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and nurses also participated in the Five Year Review through their professional association.

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