Representing Patient Family Health History

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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 Patient Family Health History. The CPT Evaluation and Management codes specifically address capturing the patient’s family health history. The E/M codes specifically provide information about:
  • The health status or cause of death of parents, siblings, and children;
  • Specific diseases related to problems identified in the chief complaint or history of the present illness, and/or system review
  • Diseases of family members that may be hereditary or place the patient at risk
Also, CPT code 96040 identifies medical genetics and genetic counseling services. 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.