intake + therapy


Local Chapter Officer
Cape Coral, FL
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If a patient is seen from 8-9am for a diagnostic intake and then from 9-9.45am (same day, same provider) for psychotherapy counseling can you bill 90801 & 90806? The patient is entered in the computer system as 2 separate appointments with 2 sets of clinical documentation. I have a provider who has started doing this and I'm not sure I'm able to code for both. What are your thoughts? Thanks!
The description for the 90801 only includes initial services (history, mental status, disposition, communication with family, labs, etc) and not therapy itself. The only reason I would think you wouldn't be able to do this is the 90801 is not a time based appointment, so the 9-9:45 might still factor in to that diagnostic exam. Have you tried billing anything yet?