Code Changes Announced for CPT 2013 Revealing Latest Care Advancements

Top Quote The updated 2013 CPT codes, effective Jan. 1, will now let physicians to report advancements in health care services which will also include new molecular tests and care coordination. End Quote
  • Durham, NC (1888PressRelease) October 16, 2012 - The healthcare industry is constantly changing and the 2013 CPT codes for medical billing has added 186 new codes, deleted 119 outdated ones and revised another 263 codes. The expansion is basically due to the advancements in medical understanding of and testing for the molecular basis of disease, including the Human Genome Project. The 2013 codes for medical billing include 116 for molecular pathology.

    Every year the CPT code set is revised with important contributions from the health care community which include physicians, health professionals and advisors who come from diverse specialties. This has enhanced the quality of the codes for medical billing to better serve the coding and billing needs of physicians as well as other professionals in emerging models of care, including patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations.

    According to Jeremy A. Lazarus, the President of AMA, the advancement of medical knowledge is constantly evolving and the AMA makes extensive efforts to keep in sync with contemporary medical science and technology so that its role as the health system's universal language for reporting medical procedures is justified.
    Apart from this, the additional CPT codes for medical billing that has been incorporated for 2013 will reflect physician practice changes and technology improvements in cardiology, neurologic testing and psychiatry.

    The CPT codes for medical billing that have undergone changes will also help to document all the work involved in managing patients with complex chronic conditions within one of the new integrated delivery systems. Although some of the services had existing codes to report these care coordination services, the new 2013 codes for medical billing will help practices to report the time more efficiently that has been spent on connecting patients to community services, transitioning them from inpatient to other settings and preventing readmissions. It's highly important to help improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare system.

    Dr. Lazarus also adds that the latest edition of the CPT codes is a good example highlighting the fact that AMA as well as the organized medicine are working together in summarizing complicated medical services with a simple five-digit numeric code. Before the CPT was adopted world-wide in 1983, the health care industry struggled to cope with multiple code sets for reporting procedures, most of which had inadequate input from the medical profession. The creation and continuous updating of the CPT has greatly helped The American health care system in the last 30 years by being a constant source for efficiently communicating vital information between physicians, hospitals and health plans.

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