APTA needs your help! In the coming days, APTA will distribute an AMA survey to a random sampling of members about existing CPT codes related to physical therapist procedures, to assess the "professional work" value (including mental effort and judgment, technical skill, and psychological stress in providing the service) and time involved in the physical therapist's provision of the services identified by each of these codes.
APTA will submit the survey data to the American Medical Association's Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professions Advisory Committee (HCPAC), a multispecialty committee whose purpose is to develop values for CPT codes based in part on survey data such as this. The RUC HCPAC will make a recommendation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the professional work value of these intervention codes.
If you receive an email requesting your participation in the survey, it is critically important that you take the time to complete it. The online survey will take approximately you receive an email requesting your participation in the survey, it is critically important that you take the time to complete it. The online survey will take approximately 45-60 minutes. Your responses will be anonymous.
Learn more about this survey with these FAQs (.pdf)
About the Survey
The American Medical Society (AMA) Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) makes recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding values for new and revised current procedural terminology codes (CPT). Part of this process is to obtain estimates of the amount of work and time required by a qualified health care provider, such as a physical therapist, to provide the services identified by the CPT codes. Based on these estimates, the AMA RUC recommends values for the CPT codes to CMS under the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) system. This video provides background on the RUC and an overview of the RUC process.