Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) 2019 introduces multiple changes to codes for psychological and neuropsychological testing services.

The new codes for psychological and neuropsychological testing are not direct crossovers from the current codes. Instructions for reporting are also revised and added. Tables 1 and 2 contrast the different services described by these codes. Examples of psychological tests include Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) and Children’s PTSD [posttraumatic stress disorder] Inventory (CPTSDI). Examples of neuropsychological tests are the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th Edition (WISC-IV), and Differential Abilities Scale-II (DAS-II).

An adolescent whose family reports psychotic behavior is referred for psychological testing evaluation. The patient undergoes physician-administered psychological testing to evaluate emotionality, intellectual abilities, personality, and psychopathology and to make a mental health diagnosis and treatment recommendations, as applicable. The total time of face-to-face testing of 50 minutes is reported with codes 96136 and 96137. The...

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