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CPT code for a Psychologist review of records

Joaquin Posted Wed 10th of June, 2015 08:07:02 AM

What cpt code could a Psychologist use, if there is one, for reviewing records of a patient and then giving a recommendation?

The closest I saw was 90885 but it leans more towards a Psychiatrist only code.

SuperCoder Answered Thu 11th of June, 2015 02:53:18 AM

You can use the following Psychologist codes:

96101: Psychological testing (includes psychodiagnostic assessment of emotionality, intellectual abilities, personality and psychopathology, eg, MMPI, Rorschach, WAIS), per hour of the psychologist's or physician's time, both face-to-face time administering tests to the patient and time interpreting these test results and preparing the report.

96103: Psychological testing (includes psychodiagnostic assessment of emotionality, intellectual abilities, personality and psychopathology, eg, MMPI), administered by a computer, with qualified health care professional interpretation and report.

96118: Neuropsychological testing (eg, Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery, Wechsler Memory Scales and Wisconsin Card Sorting Test), per hour of the psychologist's or physician's time, both face-to-face time administering tests to the patient and time interpreting these test results and preparing the report.

96120: Neuropsychological testing (eg, Wisconsin Card Sorting Test), administered by a computer, with qualified health care professional interpretation and report.

Joaquin Posted Fri 12th of June, 2015 13:45:30 PM

Even if he never saw the patient?
Aren't those codes stating the Psychologist would've needed to see the patient initially?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 15th of June, 2015 06:51:58 AM

Yes, the above mentioned codes require patient interaction. For reviewing records of a patient with out seeing the patient, you can use CPT code 90885.

Joaquin Posted Tue 16th of June, 2015 13:03:23 PM

So its ok for a Psychologist to use cpt code 90885? Thank you

SuperCoder Answered Wed 17th of June, 2015 01:30:53 AM

There is no code for reviewing records of a patient by a psychologist with out seeing the patient. For reviewing records of a patient by a psychologist with face to face interaction, we can bill 96101 and other codes as mentioned in our last correspondence. CPT code 90885 is more specific to Psychiatric evaluation of records.

Joaquin Posted Mon 22nd of June, 2015 10:40:25 AM

Ok, so are you saying to use 90885?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 23rd of June, 2015 02:30:40 AM

Yes, this is the only available code for reviewing records of a patient with out seeing the patient.

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