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The method by which Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are developed so that physicians can get paid for the services and procedures they provide is a very complicated process, one that deserves some explaining. Furthermore, ACP is actively engaged in this process and advocates for the best interests of its members, which includes improved payment for primary care and subspecialists under Medicare.
CPT codes are used to report medical services and procedures performed by physicians and other healthcare professionals. The CPT Editorial Panel meets throughout the year to review new and existing CPT codes for approval or updating. Values are assigned to new CPT codes and re-evaluated for existing codes by the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), an advisory body that makes recommendations about the value of physician services to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Payments to physicians are then made on a per-visit or per-procedure basis as defined by the CPT codes. Most private payers adopt the same values for services as CMS but may apply different conversion factors.
The RUC valuation process begins when RUC staff receives a summary of the CPT Editorial Panel’s new or revised codes as well as any potentially misvalued services identified by CMS. RUC staff will then prepare a “Level of Interest” form summarizing the CPT panel’s coding actions and specific CMS requests. Members of the RUC Advisory Committee and specialty society staff review the summary and indicate their societies’ level of interest in developing a relative value recommendation for any of the codes listed. The societies have several options:
ACP members may be selected to participate in the AMA/RUC survey for specific CPT codes for development of valuation recommendations. The College has two physician advisors who assist in developing and updating codes for internists and represent ACP at the CPT Editorial Panel meetings. Additionally, ACP has a delegate and back-up delegate who serve on the RUC and represent the interests of primary care physicians in the discussions of valuation for services.
Below is a list of codes, that physicians can and are encouraged to use, highlighting the work ACP has done over the past few years to improve payment of primary care services:
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