New CPT codes went into effect January 1, 2019 for psychological testing.  The codes offer an opportunity to more adequately describe the testing process and improve reimbursement for this service. Late in December different pay sources starting sending out updates to these procedure codes and the new fee schedules.  Previously there was a limitation on the description of these codes. In most cases, clinicians used only one code and that often times seemed inadequate. Payers would set one allowable for these procedures and that was it. Now as the coding is more descriptive and there is a finite division of psychological testing and neuro psych testing. Two very distinct modalities. In addition, there are now add on codes much like coding for crisis intervention. See the link to the American Psychological Association that has a very nice document with the descriptions of these new procedure codes and instructions on where and when they are used. Check out this website for more information.

https://www.apaservices.org/practice/reimbursement/health-codes/testing

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