Representing Patient Functional Status and/or Disability

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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 Functional Status and/or Disability. CPT codes 99455 and 99456 identify the completion of medical history, examination, diagnosis, development of a treatment plan, and completion of necessary documents for a patient with a work related or medical disability.  Functional status and disability are also identified in the Physical Therapy Evaluations codes, 97161 – 97164, and Occupational Therapy Evaluations codes, 97165 – 97167, which include patient history, examination, clinical decision making, and development of a treatment plan. 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.