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2018 New CPT codes

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New CPT codes for PT and OT services

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel revised the set of codes physical and occupational therapists use to report orthotic and prosthetic management and training services by differentiating between initial and subsequent encounters through the:

(a) addition of the term “initial encounter” to the code descriptors for CPT codes 97760 and 97761,
(b) creation of CPT code 97763 to describe all subsequent encounters for orthotics and/or prosthetics management and training services, and
(c) deletion of CPT code 97762.

The new long descriptors for CPT codes 97760 and 97761 now intended only to be reported for the initial encounter with the patient are:

CPT code 97760 (Orthotic(s) management and training (including assessment and fitting when not otherwise reported), upper extremity(ies), lower extremity(ies) and/or trunk, initial orthotic(s) encounter, each 15 minutes)

CPT code 97761 (Prosthetic(s) training, upper and/or lower extremity(ies), initial prosthetic(s) encounter, each 15 minutes)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will add CPT code 97763 to the therapy code list and CPT code 97762 will be deleted.

Few highlights:

The panel also created, for CY 2018, CPT code 97127 to replace/delete CPT code 97532. CMS will recognize HCPCS code G0515, instead of CPT code 97127, and add HCPCS code G0515 to the therapy code list.

CPT code 97127 will be assigned a Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) payment status indicator of “I” to indicate that it is “invalid” for Medicare purposes and that another code is used for reporting and payment for these services.

CPT code 97763 is designated as “always therapy” and must always be reported with the appropriate therapy modifier, GN, GO or GP, to indicate whether it’s under a Speech-language pathology (SLP), Occupational Therapy (OT) or Physical Therapy (PT) plan of care, respectively.

HCPCS code G0515 is designated as a “sometimes therapy” code, which means that an appropriate therapy modifier - GN, GO or GP, to reflect it’s under an SLP, OT, or PT plan of care – is always required when this service is furnished by therapists; and, when it’s furnished by or incident to physicians and certain Nonphysician Practitioners (NPPs), that is, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists when the services are integral to an SLP, OT, or PT plan of care.

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