On 7th Sept 2021, the American Medical Association (AMA) released an annual update to CPT codes, including the addition of new codes developing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual update to the CPT code set incorporates a series of 15 vaccine-specific codes that are the model for efficiently reporting and tracking immunizations and administrative services against the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Note that CPT is a trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA) and we shared key features of the 2022 CPT code set just for reference. 2022 CPT code set and their descriptors can be imported directly into healthcare software solutions using the downloadable CPT 2022 Data File from the AMA website.
AMA first unveiled vaccine-specific codes in November 2020 in preparation for emergency use authorizations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA later authorized the use of three COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, respectively. Just recently, FDA also granted full approval to the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech and plans to roll out a third dose of the vaccine to patients to boost immunity. AMA plans to do the same for the Moderna vaccine when the company submits data showing the efficacy of a booster shot.
Medicare policy for principal care management services has been evolving and the new CPT codes, along with revisions to existing CPT codes for care management, better align with Medicare guidelines. These CPT changes add to nearly a decade of coding content work that responds to the reporting needs of physicians and others who help manage the chronic conditions of America’s aging population.
We hope that this article has given you an idea of the key features of the newly released 2022 CPT code set. MedicalBillersandCoders (MBC) is a leading provider of medical billing and coding services. Our billing and coding expertise over various medical specialties ensures quick and accurate insurance reimbursements. To get the latest updates on medical billing and coding, subscribe to our newsletter or visit our latest blog section.