AMA releases 335 coding changes for 2019

The American Medical Association has released the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology code set.

The code set was released Aug. 31, and the AMA announced the release Sept. 5.

Six things to know:

1. The new code set consists of 335 code changes.

2. Code changes include three new remote patient monitoring codes, as well as two new interprofessional internet consultation codes that reflect the key role non-verbal communication technology plays in care coordination between a consulting and treating physicians, according to the AMA.

3. The association said codes also would be revised next year for skin biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy and adaptive behavior analysis.

4. There are also coding changes related to central nervous system assessments, including psychological and neuropsychological testing.

5. AMA President Barbara McAneny, MD, said the coding changes reflect "new technological and scientific advancements available to mainstream clinical practice, and ensure[s] the code set can fulfill its trusted role as the health system's common language for reporting contemporary medical procedures."

6. The 2019 CPT code set was developed with input from physicians, medical specialty societies and others in the healthcare community. It is operational Jan. 1.

 

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