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AMA releases 394 code changes for 2020 — 3 things to know

The American Medical Association unveiled the 2020 Current Procedural Terminology code set, which includes 394 changes to CPT codes and descriptors.

Three things to know:

1. The AMA made 248 additions, 71 deletions and 75 revisions to reflect advancements in medical technology and health monitoring. New CPT category I codes go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

2. With input from physicians, medical specialty societies and the greater healthcare community, the CPT Editorial Panel made the following key changes:

  • Added six codes to document e-visits
  • Added two codes to report self-measured blood pressure monitoring
  • Replaced six older codes with five new codes and four add-on codes for health and behavior assessment and intervention services
  • Deleted four codes for reporting long-term electroencephalographic monitoring services to make way for 23 new codes

3. The downloadable CPT 2020 Data File contains the updated code set's complete descriptor package and the official CPT coding guidelines. The file allows 2020 CPT codes and descriptors to be imported straight into existing claims and billing software.

Click here to download the CPT 2020 Data File.

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