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AMA releases 2019 CPT code set

The American Medical Association (AMA) this week announced the release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set. There are 335 code changes in the new CPT edition reflecting 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 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 AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD.

Changes include new and revised codes for skin biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, adaptive behavior analysis, and central nervous system assessments including psychological and neuropsychological testing.

New CPT category I codes are effective for reporting as of Jan. 1, 2019, and the AMA has made available for purchase an insider’s view with detailed information on the new code changes.

The 2019 CPT codes and descriptors can be imported straight into existing claims and billing software using the downloadable CPT 2019 Data File. The file contains the updated code set’s complete descriptor package, including official descriptors for consumers and physicians, and the complete official CPT coding guidelines.

To provide more information about the significant changes to CPT codes and descriptors, the AMA is hosting a CPT and RBRVS 2019 Annual Symposium in Chicago from Nov. 13-16, 2019. Additional information and registration is available on the AMA website.

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