“CMS has adopted all of the RUC-recommended work values, which means that payment for those codes will go up,” Ronald Burd, M.D., chair of APA’s Committee on RBRVS, Codes, and Reimbursements and APA’s representative to the RUC, told Psychiatric News. “This is the best outcome we could have hoped for at this juncture. There are obviously many, many other items impacting payment. But next time someone asks what APA has done for them, I would point to this as a specific situation where the work of APA, our professional organization, has increased reimbursement for psychiatric care.”
Look for coverage of the final rule in a future issue of Psychiatric News. For further information about CPT coding and the work of the APA committee, see the Psychiatric News article "Psychiatrist’s Coding Expertise Benefits All of His Colleagues."