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When Psychotherapy Isn't

Posted on: 08/17/2017

I keep reading about how few psychiatrists provide psychotherapy, so it irks me when the ones that still do it talk about using those sessions for administrative activities like filling out forms, prior authorizations and writing letters -- and billing the entire session to third party payers as psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy does not take place every time a psychotherapist talks to or listens to a patient. Taking a patient's vital signs does not constitute psychotherapy.