|October 15, 2018
CPT®/RUC Workgroup on Evaluation and Management Convened
[from AMA Advocacy Update]
The AMA has formed a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®)/Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Workgroup to develop an alternative to a provision in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule/Quality Payment Program proposed rule that would collapse the current five levels of evaluation and management (E/M) office visits for new and established patients down to two. The Workgroup has convened five meetings, four two-hour conference calls in August/September and one five-hour meeting on Sept. 29. More than 200 individuals have participated in each meeting. Several CMS staff, CMS medical officers and medical contractors have attended each meeting.
The Workgroup has solicited feedback, via a formal survey mechanism, throughout the process to ensure that maximum input is acquired to achieve consensus. More than 60 national specialty societies and national health care professionals have responded to these surveys. The Workgroup continues to make progress and will submit a coding application to the CPT® Editorial Panel in November. All national medical specialty societies will have the opportunity to comment on the CPT® proposal via their CPT® Advisor. The CPT® Editorial Panel will consider this proposal in February 2019.
If adopted, the modifications will be implemented in CPT® 2020. The next meeting of the Workgroup will take place via conference call the evening of Oct. 23.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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