AMA workgroup targets telemedicine and CPT codes

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By Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to adopt telemedicine have long been held back by problems with billing and reimbursement for their services. A new workgroup aims to make that process easier.

The American Medical Association has launched a group focused on integrating telemedicine services into the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set. Comprised of more than 50 members, including physicians, telemedicine entrepreneurs and payers, the group will work to facilitate coding changes and additions to the CPT code set that would enable providers to more accurately bill for home monitoring, mHealth and other telemedicine services.

"The CPT code set is the foundation upon which every participant in the medical community - physicians, hospitals, allied health professionals, payers and others - can efficiently share accurate information about medical services," AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, said in a press release. "Input from the Telehealth Services Workgroup will help the CPT code set reflect new technological and telehealth advancements available to mainstream clinical practice, and ensures the code set can fulfill its role as the health system's common language for reporting contemporary medical procedures."

"Ensuring that CPT codes accurately reflect the telehealth services provided to patients is only possible through the dedication and direct input of the advisors on the Telehealth Service Workgroup," Stack continued. "Tapping into the clinical and technological expertise of the healthcare community and innovators produces the practical enhancements that CPT needs to reflect the coding demands of the modern healthcare system."

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