HELP! CPT 90837 or 90847
90837: In this service, the provider performs psychotherapy, a series of technique for treating the psychiatric disorders of the patient. The treatment session typically lasts for a minimum of 53 minutes or more.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a type of therapy in which the provider uses a series of techniques to treat the mental and emotional health problems of a patient. Psychotherapy includes the interactive process between the provider and the patient. The provider involves the patient in this therapeutic interaction with the aim to explore the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of the patient. The provider uses a variety of techniques based on communication, relationship building, and behavior change that target improvement of the mental health of the patient.
Use this code when the provider spends a minimum of 53 minutes up to 60 minutes face to face with the patient without an additional evaluation and management service.
90847: A provider meets with the patient’s family with the patient present to counsel the family on the psychological issues affecting the patient and the family.
The provider supplies psychotherapy to the patient and his family, when individual psychotherapy sessions are not sufficient. This is done to evaluate the treatment plan and role of family members in treatment. The provider delivers psychotherapy sessions, also known as talk therapy, to the patient and his family to assess the interpersonal relationships between the patient and his family members. The provider also performs these sessions to judge the approach of family members in coping with the conflicts and other issues related to the patient. The provider finally examines and adjusts the treatment plan, which may include medications or subsequent psychotherapy sessions and the responsibility of family members in the treatment process.