Practice Alert


Avoid Denied Claims: Understand the New CPT Codes


Effective January 1, 2013, clinical social workers will be required to use new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients. NASW has created resources for members so they can stay ahead of the curve and learn how to use the new psychotherapy codes (CPT) before the changes occur.

NASW is the authoritative source you can turn to for information about the new CPT codes that relate to clinical social work practice. NASW provided national social work leadership in the development and approval processes for the new and revised psychotherapy codes through collaboration with:

  1. American Medical Association (AMA)

  2. American Psychiatric Association (APA)

  3. Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ACAP)

  4. American Nurses Association (ANA)

  5. American Psychological Association (APA)

CPT Resources Available Now

1. Access right now New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers, an in-depth Practice Perspective that NASW developed for members only that will help you prepare for the January 1 transition. The New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers Practice Perspective covers:

  • New and Revised Definitions of Services

  • Codes Without Changes in Numbers or Descriptors

  • New Codes for Individual Psychotherapy

  • Additional New Codes

  • A Chart Comparing Old and New Codes

  • Additional Resources for More Information

2. Listen to an AMA CPT codes webinar for free if you are looking for even more comprehensive information: “CPT® 2013 Changes - Psychotherapy/Psychiatric Services.” You will need to register to gain access to the webinar.

CPT Resources Coming in January

1. Get clarity and ask our subject matter expert questions about the new CPT codes at our member-only “Psychotherapy Codes: Major Changes for 2013” webinar on January 11. This webinar will be archived and posted on our website if you cannot attend the live event.

Register now. Space is limited to the first 2,000 members that login the day of the event.

Friday, January 11, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Credit Hours: 1.0 CEs
Registration Fee: Free to members only

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Avoid claim denials in 2013 and become familiar with the new psychotherapy codes clinical social workers will begin using in 2013 to identify services provided in settings such as solo or group practice, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, primary and ambulatory care, community mental health, and hospitals. This webinar will discuss the new and revised psychotherapy codes replacing the current codes commonly used by clinical social workers for more than 12 years.

Additional Clinical Resources

Learn more about the major 2013 changes happening in clinical social work.



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