CHICAGO—The American Medical Association has released the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set, including three codes for new remote patient monitoring and two codes for Internet consultation.
“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,” said Dr. Barbara McAneny, president of the American Medical Association, in a statement.
There are 335 code changes in the new CPT edition that reflect the CPT Editorial Panel and the health care community’s combined annual effort to capture and describe the latest scientific and technological advances in medical, surgical and diagnostic services.
“The CPT code set is the foundation upon which every element of the medical community—doctors, hospitals, allied health professionals, laboratories and payers—can efficiently share accurate information about medical services,” said McAneny. “We believe CPT serves both as the language of medicine today and the code to its future.”
The code additions reflect the potential of using connected health tools to better support clinicians in patient population health and care coordination services, and other delivery systems that are important to improving the overall quality of health care.
“The AMA has urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service to adopt the new codes for remote patient monitoring and Internet consulting and designate the related services for payment under federal health programs in 2019,” said McAneny. “Medicare’s acceptance of the new codes would signal a landmark shift to better support physicians participating in patient population health and care coordination services that can be a significant part of a digital solution for improving the overall quality of medical care.”