CPT® code 90837: Psychotherapy, 1


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An adult undergoes psychotherapy due to anxiety and depressive symptoms. Psychosocial stressors at work and home have increased anxiety and depression since a recent hospital discharge.

During the visit, face-to-face therapeutic communication is conducted with the patient and/or the patient's family. Objective information and an interval history are obtained. The patient's mental state is examined, including an evaluation and exploration of the intensity and complexity of the patient's symptoms, feelings, thoughts and behaviors in the context of the patient's psychosocial and health stressors and coping styles. A range of psychotherapy approaches are used to reduce the patient's distress and morbidity, and ongoing behavioral and mental status changes in the patient are addressed.

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