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Pay attention to the details when selecting new psychological testing codes

Effective Mar 18, 2019
Published Mar 18, 2019
Last Reviewed Mar 18, 2019
Question: My pain management practice is using two forms of risk assessment questioning for our pain management patients. One is computer-based with staff assistance. The other is done on paper and interpreted by the provider. We were using 96103 (Psychological testing [includes psychodiagnostic assessment of emotionality, intellectual abilities, personality and psychopathology, eg, MMPI], administered by a computer, with qualified health care professional interpretation and report) for the computerized risk assessment. However, the 2019 codes are completely different. Can we code 96146 (Psychological or neuropsychological test administration, with single automated, standardized instrument via electronic platform, with automated result only) for the automated testing and scoring and 96160 (Administration of patient-focused health risk assessment instrument [eg, health hazard appraisal] with scoring and documentation, per standardized instrument) for the paper risk assessment that is scored by the provider?
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