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    Default Group Therapy Multiple Family

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    I have a therapist wanting to do group therapy with parents of adolescents. The group program will "include a group for parents of the adolescents who will be in a different segment of the program."

    In the past we were advised to use code 90853 ~ Group Pschycotherapy (other than of a multiple family group).

    The coder suggestion is to use code 90849 ~ Multi-Family Group Therapy

    Does anybody have experience with this situation or insight to which code should be used.

    Thank you

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    We have two ADHD group sessions, one for the adolescents and another for their parents. We use the 90853 for the adolescents' group and the 90849 for the parents' group.

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    So then the question comes of what dx do bill for the pt's parents? You can't use the Pt's dx. What Dx do you use?

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    Apr 2007


    v61.20 - counseling for parent-child problem, unspecified

    By definition, this covers:
    Concern about behavior of child
    Parent-child conflict
    Parent-child relationship problem

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    Should the multi-family group therapy 90849 be billed under the patient or each individual parent?

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