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CPT Coding and Documentation Update: 2013 CPT Coding Changes

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  • On Demand


Release Date: 8/1/2013

Expiration Date: 8/31/2017

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Physician: 4
  • Participation: 4

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Overview

The Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) codes used by psychiatrists have undergone major changes in 2013. This course will familiarize attendees with these new codes and how to document for them, as well as providing them with information about the remaining codes in the Psychiatry section of CPT, and the codes in the Evaluation and Management section of CPT, which are critical to psychiatrists under the coding framework put in place for 2013. The course is for clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers) and their office personnel who may assist them with coding and billing.

Course attendees are encouraged to obtain the AMA’s 2013 CPT Manual (CPT codes are developed and copyrighted by the AMA) and read the following:

  1. the Guideline Section for the Evaluation and Management codes;
  2. the Evaluation and Management Codes themselves; and
  3. the section on “Psychiatric Evaluation and Therapeutic Procedures.”

The objectives of the course are two-fold: first, to familiarize attendees with all the new CPT coding framework that went into effect in 2013 and all the codes that are now being used by mental health clinicians and to review issues and problems associated with payer-imposed barriers to payment for services denoted by these codes; and second, attendees will review the current AMA/CMS guidelines for documenting the services/procedures provided to their patients.

Templates for recording evaluation and management services, initial evaluations, and psychotherapy services will be used to instruct the attendees in efficient methods of recording data to support their choice of CPT codes and the level of service provided.

Important reference materials will be available for download. Includes:

  • History and Overview of Changes Presentation Handout 
  • Overview of E/M Structure Presentation Handout 
  • Detailed Discussion on 99213 Presentation Handout 
  • Detailed Discussion of E/M Code 99205 Presentation Handout 
  • Practical Coding Guidance and Payer Policy Presentation Handout

Pricing

  • General Member - Free
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Non-Member - $50.00

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the use of the new psychiatric evaluation and therapy codes that went into effect in 2013
  • Understand the new codes that went into effect in 2013 as well as the traditional codes in the Psychiatry section of CPT
  • Understand the evaluation and management codes that are an essential element of the new coding framework

Target Audience

Clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers) and their office personnel who may assist them with coding and billing.

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 4 hours
Program Release: August 2013
Program Review: August 2016
Program End: August 31, 2017

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. An assessment is provided following the video presentations. A passing score of 60% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the assessment.  After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the date of completion and hours earned.

Accreditation

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

  • Ronald Burd, M.D., Sanford Health, Psychiatry, Fargo, ND. Program Director. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Allan A. Anderson, M.D., Medical Director, Samuel and Alexia Bratton Memory Clinic, William Hill Manor, Easton MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Tracy Gordy, M.D., Distinguished Life Fellow, APA. Consultant/Advisory Board: Joint Commission International, Medical Consultant Network.
  • Jeremy S. Musher M.D., Medical Director, Psychiatric Emergency and Intake Services, Physician Quality and Compliance, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • David Nace, M.D., Medical Director, University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging, Pittsburgh, PA. Employee: McKesson Corporation.
  • Chester Schmidt, M.D., Chief Medical Director, Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC, Glen Burnie, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Deborah J. Hales, M.D., Former Director, Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association. CME Program Planner. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Rebecca Yowell, Deputy Director, Coding & Reimbursement, Reimbursement Policy, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

For assistance: Contact educme@psych.orgfor questions about this course | Contact learningcenter@psych.org for technical assistance

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