The CPT® manual is the HIPAA approved transaction code set that is used to report medical professional services to insurance companies for professional reimbursement of services and procedures. Each year this manual is updated to meet the current needs for coding and billing based on technology and methods of treatment for conditions and injuries. It is important that medical offices reporting professional services and procedures use the most current CPT® information for the date of service in which they are reporting services in order to obtain the reimbursement for these services and avoid delays in payment due to claim errors. It is also important that billers and coders have an understanding of why these changes are made, and the rationale behind the changes so that they are appropriately assigning CPT® codes for the services and procedures performed.
The American Medical Association(AMA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) work together to annually update the current Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) manual with the changes going into effect on January 1st of the year.
Senior Director of Coding Education for Healthcare Information Services, a physicians revenue cycle management company. She is a former member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) National Advisory Board, and has served on several other boards for the AAPC. She is also the founder of her local chapter of the AAPC. Her experience is primarily in the specialties of Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Hematology/Oncology. She has been a speaker for many conferences, including the AAPC National Conferences and Workshops, Community Colleges, audio conferences, and Local Chapters. Lynn became a CPC in 1993, and a Certified Instructor in 2002, and a Certified Orthopedic Surgery Coder in 2009.