The 90834 CPT code, also referred to as CPT 90834, or CPT code 90834, has encountered two important modifications, one when it was introduced in 2013 and another in 2017. Here, you can find descriptions for 2013 and current version of 2017.
2017 Description Of CPT 90834 [Current Version]
The description of CPT code 90834, it was updated on 01-01-2017 with the following phrasing: “Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with patient”.
Short description: Moderate Time Therapy.
Lay-term: This version denotes a psychotherapy session designed specifically to last 45 minutes with the patient, with no mention of family involvement. Based on the length of the session, the complexity of the issues addressed could potentially vary from moderate to high.
2013 Description Of CPT 90834
The description of CPT code 90834, it was introduced and implemented on 01-01-2013 as: “Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with patient and/or family member”.
Short description: Psychotherapy Therapy with Family
Lay-term: With this debut version, the code referred to 45-minute long psychotherapy sessions that could involve not only the primary patient but also, where appropriate, family members. This makes it possible to address issues that impact or are impacted by the wider family system.