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Take a first glimpse of the 2022 CPT code set. The annual update, released by the AMA, reveals hundreds of code changes, including more than 240 new codes that usher in a batch of care management services, surgical procedures and pathology and laboratory testing.
Recent headlines about a practice employee who absconded with her boss’ password serves as a reminder that the biggest threat to your cybersecurity could be right under your own  roof. Set some clear boundaries for your employees’ network access and be prepared to decommission them swiftly when it’s time to cut them loose.
Include a review of the amount in controversy (AIC) during your next training session for staff that works denials. Meeting the AIC is the only way to reach the third and fifth levels of appeal. Note that getting to the right amount isn’t as straightforward as adding up all the claims for a specific service that was denied for the same reason.
Therapy providers take note: Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, a 15% payment reduction for therapy services provided at least in part by a therapy assistant goes into effect. Modifiers CO for occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and CQ for physical therapy assistants (PTA) are used to trigger the payment reduction.
With the annual CPT code release now out, you’ll find hundreds of new, revised and deleted codes coming your way (see related story, p. 1). With numerous codes expiring, prepare to shift to alternative options for dozens of services and procedures in 2022.


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