AMA Releases 2019 CPT® Code Set


AMA Releases 2019 CPT® Code Set
ICD10 Monitor
 – September 2018
by Deborah Grider, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, CCS-P, CDIP

New code changes number 335.

The new current procedural terminology (CPT®) codes have been released with 335 code changes in 2019.  There were many code revisions with guideline, description and instructional note changes.   Let’s look at the highlights of many new CPT codes for 2019.

There six new codes in the Evaluation and Management (E&M) section in CPT. Guidelines were revised for Interprofessional Telephone/Internet/Electronic Health Record Consultations. New codes 99451 and 99152 were added to report assessment and management services.  The codes are based on medical consultative time.

New CPT codes 99453 and 99454 were added to report remote physiologic monitoring services during a 30-day period.  Other codes in this section (99446-99449 and 99091) were revised.

These new codes reflect the key role non-verbal communication technology plays in care coordination between consulting and treating physicians, according to the AMA.

CPT code 99457 is a new code that requires live, interactive communication with the patient/caregiver and 20 minutes or more of clinical staff/physician or other qualified health care professional time in a calendar month.

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