Did You Get a 90837 Letter?
By Barbara Griswold, LMFT (posted August 5, 2020)
- The session length must be 53 minutes or longer; if the session starts late or ends early, you may have to use a 90834 code (38-52 minutes) or 90832 code (16 – 37 minutes)
- In each progress note, you must document the length of the session (use actual start/end times, not to include time spent scheduling, communicating with others, or documenting)
- It can be used only for individual sessions, or when family comes into a session to serve as informants for ongoing individual treatment. When a 90837 is used for a family visit, the client must be present for all or most of the session. This code should not be used for ongoing couples or family treatment.
- There is no need to document why you are using a 90837 vs. a 90834 (i.e. why your sessions are longer than 52 minutes).