Last month, your Academy announced
the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Panel approval of a new code to compensate for the additional supplies and staff activities required to provide safe patient care during the public health emergency. CPT code 99072 is described as “additional supplies, materials, and clinical staff time over and above those usually included in an office visit or other non-facility service(s), when performed during a Public Health Emergency as defined by law, due to respiratory-transmitted infectious disease.”
This month, AAPM&R has joined a broad effort supported by numerous medical specialties to encourage coverage of this code by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as well as by all private insurance companies. The partnering societies submitted letters
to all relevant offices urging immediate payment for CPT code 99072 with no patient cost-sharing during the public health emergency. Your Academy will continue to update the membership as information regarding coverage of 99072 becomes available.