Recently announced changes to the American Medical Association's (AMA's) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) editorial process emphasize greater transparency and collaboration, and could bolster opportunities for physical therapists (PTs) to work with APTA to ensure the codes accurately reflect practice.
The changes put in place are the result of input received by AMA from stakeholder organizations. According to an AMA press release, the new approaches are designed to "increase transparency and fairness" in the process through more in-person meetings beyond the CPT editorial and advisory committee, more wide and proactive communication about requested code changes, and the establishment of a "medical advisor" to facilitate the process with staff and applicants new to the CPT process.
APTA works closely with AMA and other associations during the CPT editorial process, and relies on input from PTs to get the best possible information on how the system works at the individual practitioner level. The information received by APTA is extremely important to the work the association is doing on the Physical Therapy Classification and Payment System.
APTA continues to work toward an accurate payment system that recognizes and promotes the clinical judgment of the physical therapist as well as improving quality of care. Contact advocacy staff with your questions.
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