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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

2013 AMA Symposium Update:

Get the Scoop on Transition Codes, Medicare Rates

Here’s the latest news on 2013’s payment rate. 2013 will bring more inclusive language in CPT® codes and new codes for transitional care. So said speakers at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual CPT® and RBRVS Symposium, held Nov. 14-16 in Chicago, with presenters sharing the latest news on fee schedules, new codes for 2013, and more. Don’t Fret Over Far-Reaching Terminology Change The most widespread changes throughout CPT® 2013 -- the switch to more inclusive or provider-neutral language -- shouldn’t be difficult for physician practices to put into place. "The concepts are pretty straightforward," said Richard Duszak, Jr., M.D., an AMA CPT® Editorial Panel member and practicing radiologist. "There’s been an evolution in CPT® for how codes report services by non-physicians." Result: Hundreds of codes were revised for 2013 to include "provider neutral language." Codes throughout the book have replaced designations of "physician" with "individual" or "qualified health care provider." Exception: [...]