Who Killed the 50 minute session? What Consumers Should Know about Changes to Psychotherapy Sessions in 2013

Unbeknownst to most mental health consumers, a change went into effect in January, 2013 that may have far-reaching ramifications for those receiving outpatient psychotherapy. For the first time in 15 years, changes were made to the coding system used to describe and bill for mental health treatment. This change has resulted in chaos for many mental health professionals who bill their patients’ insurance. Nationwide, many mental health providers have reported problems with filing and receiving timely reimbursement for claims filed under the new coding system.

Source: Who Killed the 50 minute session? What Consumers Should Know about Changes to Psychotherapy Sessions in 2013

Starting in April, 2017 – I’ll be adjusting my schedule. Session length will be 45 minutes. While this will require me to be more time-conscious with start/stop times – this will allow me to see more clients over a day at the office. More availability of late afternoon and evening appointments.

Update: Starting April 24th, 2017, I will be reverting to my original format! After just 2 weeks of the ’45 block session format’, I realized that it was unsustainable for me. I lost the kind of focus I need to do the work I want, got too concerned about staying on schedule, and found the transitions too abrupt from one client to the next. So, you can expect a 50 minute session that winds down in a more leisurely transition. The remaining 10 minutes will allow for jotting a session note, and other practical things.

Also of note: I change my overall schedule from time to time – so call the office to see if I have available time for you, or if you have other questions about my services. Thanks!

Questions? Give me a call – 402-334-1122

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