Up to code: Keep current with coding
The latest on psychological and neuropsychological testing codes.
By APA Office of Health Care Financing Staff
Practicing psychologists need to know almost as much about billing codes as they do about their patients. Every year, the American Medical Association (AMA) publishes thousands of Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) codes that psychologists and other health care providers use to bill insurers for treatment. The manual includes psychotherapy, health and behavior, and testing codes that are revised periodically by the AMA CPT Editorial Panel. This panel is responsible for ensuring that CPT codes remain up to date and incorporate the latest treatments and technology used to provide medical care.
The American Psychological Association works with the AMA CPT Editorial Panel to keep the manual updated. Psychologists also play a role in establishing the value of new codes when they complete Relative Value Update (RUC) surveys. AMA uses RUC survey responses from psychologists and other health care providers to help review the relative values of new and revised CPT codes.
Anticipated Code Changes
Currently, psychological and neuropsychological testing CPT codes are being revised by the AMA CPT Editorial Panel. APA is heavily involved with this process. Here’s what psychologists need to know:
APA has collaborated with AMA for many years to ensure that the work of practicing psychologists is taken into consideration when developing new CPT codes and revising existing codes. APA President Antonio E. Puente, PhD, even served two terms on the AMA CPT Editorial Panel and was an advisor to the panel from 1992-2007. Additionally, APA’s Office on Health Care Financing is dedicated to working on CPT codes.
Psychologists can learn more about the CPT code development process by reading editorial panel meeting summaries on the AMA website and visiting the APA Practice Organization’s reimbursement section on APA Practice Central.
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The SCN Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC) is seeking to fill several positions for the upcoming officer cycle including:
(1) PIAC chair, (oversees WIN, EMA, APA liaisons, and Ethics committees)
(2) WIN Chair, Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) committee
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Summary of Recent APA Council Meeting in February:
1. Council adopted as APA policy the following clinical/professional practice guidelines:
2. Council adopted as APA policy the following resolutions:
3. Amendments to APA Bylaws:
4. Action Taken in Response to the Independent Review Report:
5. Additional Action Taken by Council:
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently proposed new guidelines for Learning Disability (LD) testing accommodations that may lead to regulatory or legislative changes to testing accommodations. These guidelines significantly relax the need for updated LD testing to certify LD and appropriate accommodations. For example, it proposes that people self-certify that they still have a learning disorder if they were tested in the past. These new guidelines can lead to granting of unnecessary, inappropriate or unhelpful accommodations, which can be harmful to those who receive them, unfair to other test takers, and pose the risk of making high stakes tests less affordable for low income students. SCN, in collaboration with the Interorganizational Practice Committee (IOPC) worked jointly with Larry Hess, PhD and Benjamin Lovett, PhD and sent a letter to the DOJ expressing our concerns. This letter can be accessed below.
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