CPT 90834 can be used when a provider uses various techniques to treat the patient’s psychiatric disorders through psychotherapy. These techniques may include communication, relationship building, and behavior change. The treatment session with the patient lasts, on average, 45 minutes, ranging from 38 to 52 minutes.
What Is CPT Code 90834?
CPT code 90834 refers to psychotherapy, which addresses a patient’s mental health issues and may be billed for sessions between 38 and 52 minutes.
It involves the provider and the patient working together, using communication, relationship-building, and behavior-change techniques to improve the patient’s mood, behavior, feelings, and thoughts.
During the psychotherapy session, the provider spends approximately 45 minutes with the patient in person without providing additional evaluation and management services.
The CPT book describes CPT code 90834 as: “Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with the patient.”
Psychotherapy involves a trained professional and a patient working together to address issues related to mood, behavior, feelings, and thoughts.
This interaction often involves communication, relationship building, and behavior change techniques to help the patient improve their mental health.
Psychotherapy sessions typically last around 45 minutes and involve the provider with the patient in person without providing additional evaluation and management services.
How To Use CPT 90834
Use add-on code CPT 90836 in conjunction with CPT 90834 when the provider performs a separate evaluation and management service in addition to a psychotherapy session that lasts between 38 and 52 minutes.
CPT code 90836 indicates that the provider has provided a psychotherapy session and an evaluation and management service during the same patient encounter.