Those who provide and assign codes for psychiatry services may need to make a few adjustments related to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2013. The codes for psychiatry services have undergone big changes—a new code structure, some new terminology, and updated guidelines. Following is an overview of the major changes and reporting guidelines.

The guidelines preceding the codes for reporting psychiatry services begin by defining the scope of these services. The general description provided in the new guidelines includes the following:

Two important characteristics of certain psychiatry services are further defined.

Other guidelines and instructions are specific to the use of certain codes. A review of the deleted, new, and revised codes may help with understanding of these. As a reminder, the symbols used are as follows: a bullet symbol () indicates a new code; a plus symbol () indicates an add-on code, used only in conjunction...

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