The American Medical Association Releases the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology Code Set Including Remote Patient Monitoring and Internet Consultation Codes
On September 5, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced the release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, set to go into effect on January 1, 2019. According to the AMA’s press release, the revisions include 335 code changes that are designed “to reflect key trends in patient care” such as connected health tools.
To address telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies, three new codes will allow for doctors to connect with their patients at home and gather data for care management and coordination. Additionally, there are two new interprofessional internet consultation codes for the use of nonverbal communication technology to coordinate patient care between a consulting and treating physician. The new codes and descriptors can be imported straight into existing claims and billing software.
“The latest annual changes to the CPT code set reflect new technological and scientific advancements available to mainstream clinical practice, and ensure the code set can fulfill its trusted role as the health system’s common language for reporting contemporary medical procedures. That’s why we believe CPT serves both as the language of medicine today and the code to its future,” explains AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D.
Following the landmark proposed changes from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to its Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) this past July, SnapMD is pleased to see the great progress the healthcare community and AMA is making towards reimbursable virtual care services for all. Unlike ever before, the tools of telemedicine are put into the hands of providers to connect with their patient populations to reduce costs and deliver better care outcomes. With 2019 quickly approaching, we encourage all providers, hospitals and health systems to enhance service lines virtually and build their telehealth infrastructure to fully support their patients and their individual needs.
–Dave Skibinski, CEO of SnapMD