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The AMA requests that the…

The AMA requests that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set be added to the standards listed in Section I: Representing Depression. CPT code 96127 specifically identifies the screening of a patient within a behavioral assessment for depression.  CPT code 99483 includes an assessment for depression within the cognitive care plan.  These identified CPT codes were designed based on objective criteria for evaluating and assessing the severity and co-morbidities associated with the assessment and treatment of depression that should be listed as a standard for this interoperability need. CPT is a comprehensive and regularly curated uniform language that accurately describes medical, surgical, and diagnostic services and provides for reliable communication among users. It has an extremely robust and mature development process with open and transparent meetings and clinical input from national medical specialties and relevant stakeholders. It is the most widely adopted outpatient procedure code set. Use of the CPT code set is federally required under HIPAA.