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CPT update for COVID-19 boosters adapted to omicron

The American Medical Association has announced an update to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)®, that includes eight new codes for the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster doses from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. The updated boosters are adapted for the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants and the original coronavirus strain in a single dose. Four of the eight CPT codes (91312, 91313, 0124A and 0134A) are effective for use immediately as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Moderna’s new COVID-19 booster in individuals 18 years of age and older and Pfizer-BioNTech’s new COVID-19 booster in individuals 12 years of age and older. Four CPT codes (91314, 91315, 0144A and 0154A) will be effective for use on the condition that the FDA authorizes Moderna’s new COVID-19 booster in individuals 6 years through… . . . read more.


Five steps to advance racial and health equity in health systems

Expanding on its ongoing commitment to promote and advance health equity, the American Medical Association (AMA) now offers a new toolkit with five steps to help health systems embed equity into medicine and achieve optimal health for each patient. Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems was designed to guide health systems on initial catalytic steps for making meaningful improvements in racial and health equity that benefit patients, clinicians, communities and others. The steps are part of a larger cycle of continuous learning, improvement, and accountability envisioned in the AMA’s Organizational Strategic Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health. “The AMA is committed to embedding racial justice, advancing health equity and partnering with others to identify, prevent and eliminate racism in our health system,” said AMA President Gerald Harmon,… . . . read more.


Physician practices under threat with pandemic

The viability of physician practices remains under threat as the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic hits record levels of cases being reported across the United States. A nationwide physician survey issued late last year by the American Medical Association (AMA) shows medical practices have been economically stressed by the public health crisis with a 32% average drop in revenue. “Physician practices continue to be under significant financial stress due to reductions in patient volume and revenue, in addition to higher expenses for supplies that are scarce for some physicians” said AMA President Susan R. Bailey, M.D. “More economic relief is needed now from Congress as some medical practices contemplate the brink of viability, particularly smaller practices that are facing a difficult road to recovery.” The AMA’s nationally representative survey of 3,500… . . . read more.


AMA launches campaign to maximize physician success in MACRA

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) promises to reshape how Medicare pays physicians under the…

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