The magnitude of proposed changes to an entire family of physical medicine and rehabilitation codes has prompted the editorial panel for the American Medical Association's (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) document to postpone finalization of the revisions. Instead, the committee agreed to allow additional time for pilot testing and refinement and has targeted a January 2016 implementation date.
APTA representatives participated in the most recent editorial panel meeting February 6–8, where the group discussed options for revisions to the 97000 series of the CPT codes (physical medicine and rehabilitation). The panel expressed support for the direction of the coding proposal and made some suggestions for refinements. The codes are set to be pilot tested during the coming weeks.
APTA is committed to refining the definitions of the new codes and will issue a request for proposals for carrying out the pilot project. Association members can access background information and resources on CPT at APTA's coding and billing webpage, and can also access APTA information on payment reform.
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