A new guide to using the 3 new tiered evaluation codes that come into play January 1, 2017, gives APTA members a quick graphical explanation of the criteria for determining when an evaluation is considered “low,” “moderate,” or “high” complexity. Developed by APTA, the guide is available as a 2-page printable PDF download and, as a bonus, is being included as a printed pocket-sized guide in members’ December 2016-January 2017 issues of PT in Motion magazine.
The quick guide joins other APTA resources that can help members become familiar with the codes, which were included in the final 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule.
Among those other resources: the latest recording of APTA’s Insider Intel, APTA’s series of call-in sessions that allow members to pose questions to staff experts on current topics. The November 9 call-in led off with the new evaluation codes, of course, but other need-to-know topics included the review of potentially misvalued CPT codes; provisions to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 as well as the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014—known as MACRA and IMPACT, respectively; and final rules for the home health and outpatient prospective payment systems. A full recording of the November 9 call is available here.
To see what else APTA offers, visit the association’s New Evaluation and Reevaluation CPT Codes webpage, where new tools are being added regularly in the countdown to January 1.