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CPT® International News: New COVID-19 vaccine code, virtual events, announcements, and more
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immunization code tool
The AMA has created a free online resource to support selecting the appropriate CPT code combination for the specific COVID-19 vaccine. The new COVID-19 CPT vaccine codes support the tracking needs by identifying two code groups – the vaccine product and administration. The CPT® Editorial Panel continues to release new COVID-19 vaccine codes that are distinct to each coronavirus vaccine and the specific dose.
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How CPT® codes set the stage for telehealth’s rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic
The CPT code set has been updated by the CPT Editorial Panel to include vaccine and administration codes that are unique to the COVID-19 vaccine candidate under development by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
New AMA 2021 CPT® code set educational resources available
AAPC announced an international distribution agreement with the American Medical Association (AMA) that will facilitate access and adoption of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) content for global users.
Upcoming Webinar: CPT® Coding Moves with Modern Medicine
Date: April 20, 2021
Time: 12:30pm (CDT)

This webinar, a part of the virtual telehealth webinar series, will help audiences learn how CPT content can deliver value to health care. Specifically, this 30-minute webinar will explore how CPT supports medical innovation and the how it nimbly supported the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Dr. Jia Hu, a primary care physician in Alberta, and Ms. Leslie Prellwitz from the American Medical Association who will introduce how CPT content moves with modern medicine to support better outcomes, helps research and analytics to manage resources and enables better access to care.
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Upcoming Webinar: COVID-19 Telehealth Impact Study:
Comprehensive Trends Report

Date: 21 April 2021
Time: 6:30pm (BST) or 17:30 (UAE)
Thank you to everyone who visited the AMA virtual booth at the recent HIMSS Middle East 2020 Digital Conference. The AMA relishes any opportunity to share how CPT® content enables innovative clinical practices and technologies. We encourage anyone to discover how the CPT language can help to improve patient outcomes, access to care and the management of the cost of care within your own organization. Please visit our website or the educational resources available within this email.
Free online courses to learn about
the CPT® code set

Whether you are exploring CPT codes for the first time or have experience in medical coding, discover new insights from this high-level overview of the CPT code set, how it is structured, its purpose and how coordinated use of it benefits physicians, health care providers, payers and health systems around the globe.
The CPT® code set supports the expansion of telehealth services
in the Gulf Region
“We had to get the right digital frameworks in place so that we can ensure the quality of telehealth platforms, the flow of reimbursement processes, and also address privacy and security when using those platforms,” according to Dr. Osama Elhassan, co-founder and the vice-chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society and Health Informatics Specialist at Dubai Health Authority. He shared his views in a recent article published in the Gulf News that profiles the growth of telehealth services in the Gulf Region and includes how CPT content supports it.

The CPT code set currently includes 70 telehealth-related codes and content describing comprehensive telehealth delivery solutions to support clinical interoperability and reimbursement for these remote care services.
Key opinion leader advocates for CPT code set adoption in Canada in Policy Options
“A significant barrier to our health system’s ability to keep up with the pace of technological and medical innovation is the outdated coding system that medical professionals use to document procedures and other patient services,” stated Dr. Jia Hu, a medical officer of health for Alberta Health Services, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and Board Member for Partners in Health Canada, and the Treasurer and Executive Member for Public Health Physicians of Canada.
New COVID-19 Pandemic Supply Code 99072
The CPT Editorial Panel has been approving and rapidly releasing CPT codes during the pandemic to address these needs. In keeping with this practice, the Panel approved new Category I code 99072 on Sept. 8, 2020, which describes additional supplies, materials and clinical staff time provided during a Public Health Emergency (PHE) as defined by law and due to a respiratory-transmitted infectious disease.
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