New CPT codes will allow physicians to bill for previously unreimbursed care-coordination. A result of the AMA working with Medicare since last year, the codes cover:
- Efficient reporting of time spent discussing a care plan
- Connecting patients to community services
- Transitioning patients from inpatient settings and preventing readmissions
Additionally, the codes, in effect since January 1, cover complex chronic care coordination. The new CPT codes are: 99495, 99496, 99487, 99488, 99489. Review new code descriptions here. No decision yet as to whether commercial insurers will accept the new codes.