To ensure that insurers comply with the law, APA wants members' input as soon as possible so the Association can pursue action with the insurers in question, including filing of lawsuits to force compliance. "APA members must be willing to register their complaints with APA, and a few must be willing to participate as plaintiffs in a lawsuit if one is needed. This would require very little of your time and be at APA's expense," the message explained. Members can register complaints either by completing the form online here or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com that includes the member's name, location, the insurance company in question, and details about the CPT coding problem. APA and its district branches/state associations have already begun actions against insurers in California, Connecticut, and New York.
Read about the changes to CPT psychiatry codes in Psychiatric News here and here.
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