17 Sep AMA Releases 2019 CPT Codes
Read about the 2019 update to CPT codes
The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the release of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes on September 5th, 2018. The new set of CPT codes will represent new technological and scientific advancements for reporting contemporary medical procedures according to the AMA. In addition, the AMA has urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt the new codes for remote patient monitoring and internet consulting.
“Medicare’s acceptance of the new CPT codes would signal a landmark shift to better support physicians participating in patient population health and care coordination services that can be a significant part of a digital solution for improving the overall quality of medical care.” – AMA President Barbara McAneny, MD
Here are a few key things to know about the new CPT codes:
- Included among the codes are three new remote patient monitoring codes
- Revisions are still expected in the following year
- Codes were developed with input from physicians, medical specialty societies and others in the healthcare community
- Codes will be effective for reporting on January 1st, 2019
Additional CPT changes for 2019 include new and revised codes for skin biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, adaptive behavior analysis, and central nervous system assessments including psychological and neuropsychological testing.