Representing Health Care Data for Emergency Medical Services

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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 Health Care Data for Emergency Medical Services. CPT codes 99281 – 99285 identify patient evaluation, examination, and medical decision making for emergency department services. CPT code 99288 identifies the direction of emergency care to emergency medical services personnel by a physician or other qualified health care professional. 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.