January 1 marks the start of a brand new year. As we clean up the discarded party hats, noise-makers (i.e., pots and pans), and champagne flutes, we tend to reflect on the past year. Upon doing so, we often find that some of our old habits aren’t worth holding onto. That’s why many of us make new resolutions to adopt healthy lifestyle changes (new year, new you!), while simultaneously kicking our bad habits to the curb. But in the healthcare industry, January 1 signals the start of something more than a plan to increase salad consumption and decrease time spent watching Netflix; for medical providers, New Year’s Day marks the implementation of the AMA’s CPT code changes. Every year, the AMA adds to, removes from, and revises the list of CPT codes. Are you up to date on the latest revisions? Here’s what we know so far:
The AMA hasn’t indicated any 2016 CPT code changes for physical, occupational, or speech therapists—easy as pie (hopefully of the pumpkin variety). So, that means you can exhale a great, big sigh of relief and go forth into the new year without having to worry about any new, removed, or revised CPT codes. And that leaves more time to focus on PQRS reporting, right? You betcha.
Okay, so we know there aren’t any changes affecting rehab therapy in 2016, but what about other specialties? According to CMS, the AMA has identified radiation therapy codes and some of the lower gastrointestinal endoscopy codes as misvalued. “Additionally, CMS is proposing to identify anesthesia procedure codes 00740 and 00810 as potentially misvalued.” For more information on these and other changes, check out the CMS website.
With little news on the CPT front, what are you most—and least—looking forward to in 2016?