Keeping current on CPT

A recent announcement by Elsevier and the American Medical Association (AMA) reflected not only our ongoing commitment to helping healthcare organizations keep up in a rapidly changing industry, but also the value of online learning in such an environment.

On August 7, the two organizations stated their intention to co-develop eLearning course content for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®), the nation’s most widely accepted nomenclature for reporting outpatient and office medical procedures and services.

CPT, the common language that providers and insurers use to codify and describe complex medical services with five-digit numeric codes, is seen as a significant factor in reducing risk, improving outcomes, assuring appropriate payment and successfully appealing denials.

Thus, there’s a lot riding on its correct use.

“The CPT code set is constantly evolving to reflect advances in contemporary medical science and technology,” explained Laurie McGraw, AMA senior vice president, health solutions. “Empowering a workforce to accurately code medical procedures streamlines communication across the health system, reducing administrative and rework costs.”

Likewise with eLearning, which a recent report on the partnership called “an important tactic in the advancement of healthcare.” As noted by McGraw: “This collaboration with Elsevier provides education to the right audience at the right time in a format that is easily grasped by learners.”[1]

Which is, of course, the goal of all our revenue cycle targeted eLearning.

We’re excited about this new partnership and will keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, we encourage you to consider ongoing eLearning for both new and current staff, putting in place the components you need to succeed as a business in today’s volatile market.