The American Medical Association (AMA) sends us seasonal tidings each fall in the form of new and revised Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. This year is no different, although the number of new codes may be less than in previous years. Remember, now is the time to look at these new codes (as well as the new ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes released in October 2000), select the ones you want to use, review your encounter form (superbill), and purge deleted or infrequently used codes. There is always a lag time from the release of both sets of codes to payers beginning to use them, but generally speaking, carriers begin using the new diagnosis codes by January and the new CPT codes by April 1. I suggest sending a letter to your top carriers each year to ask them when they will begin reimbursing for new codes, which new codes they will...

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