December 15, 2016, 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST
As we prepare to ring in the new year, PTs and OTs also must prepare to ring in a new set of CPT codes for therapy evaluations and re-evaluations. That’s right—the ball isn’t the only thing dropping on January 1, 2017. On that day, all of the existing PT and OT evaluative codes—including 97001, 97002, 97003, and 97004—are fading into the annals of history. In their place will be eight new codes: three for PT evals, three for OT evals, one for PT re-evals, and one for OT re-evals. But, this isn’t a simple switcheroo; instead, therapists now must determine—and code for—the complexity level of each evaluative episode.
In this webinar, Dr. Heidi Jannenga and special guest host and compliance expert Rick Gawenda will:
- Provide an overview of the new CPT codes for PT and OT evaluations.
- Explain how to choose the correct level of complexity for each patient eval.
- Cover other important, therapy-relevant changes going into effect in 2017 as part of the Final Rule.
Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L President and Co-Founder
Rick Gawenda President/CEO at Gawenda Seminars & Consulting
Charlotte Bohnett Director of Demand Generation
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