PHILADELPHIA – Elsevier, the global information analytics company specializing in science and health, and the American Medical Association (AMA) today announced that they will co-develop eLearning course content for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®), the most widely accepted nomenclature in the U.S. to report outpatient and office medical procedures and services.

CPT meets the data demands of the modern health care system by accurately describing complicated medical services with a simple five-digit numeric code and a clinical description of the service. Understanding proper CPT coding can help physicians and provider organizations reduce risk, obtain appropriate payment, and successfully appeal insurance denials.

“The CPT code set is constantly evolving to reflect advances in contemporary medical science and technology. Empowering a workforce to accurately code medical procedures streamlines communication across the health system, reducing administrative and rework costs,” said Laurie McGraw, AMA senior vice president – health solutions. “This collaboration with Elsevier provides education to the right audience at the right time in a format that is easily grasped by learners.”

The AMA created the CPT code set more than 50 years ago to provide the health care system with a uniform language to concisely transfer vital medical information between health care professionals. Through an extensive editorial process involving the clinical expertise of the health care community, the CPT code set is continually reviewed, revised and updated to accurately reflect the medical services provided to patients.

“Our work with the AMA is another way in which we can help the business of health care be more successful for hospitals and physicians,” said Barbara Cullen, vice president for strategy and product development, clinical solutions at Elsevier. “These organizations are training new staff and need to keep staff current, and we see this new eLearning content playing an important role in that process.”

This new collaboration adds to Elsevier's library of exclusive, co-developed products with key healthcare associations, including the Emergency Nurses Association, the Association for Nursing Professional Development and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

For more information about the AMA’s support for coding and billing matters, see here.


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