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April 2, 2020 Many providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services are facing extreme challenges in delivering those services in person in light of the health and safety risks posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Like other healthcare providers, our community is scrambling to determine how to use telehealth in order to minimize disruptions to medically […]

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March 19, 2020 ABA providers nationwide are facing extreme challenges in delivering ABA services in person in light of the health and safety risks posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. The entire healthcare community is scrambling to determine how to deliver services via telehealth in order to minimize disruptions to medically necessary care as much as […]

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February 12, 2020 On receiving reports from Louisiana providers that the state Medicaid agency had implemented a policy requiring 10 minutes of service to be rendered before a unit of service could be billed with the adaptive behavior (ABA) services CPT codes, the ABA Coding Coalition asked Louisiana Medicaid to rescind the policy and replace […]

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January 18, 2020 In response to provider outreach, the ABA Coding Coalition contacted Optum/United Behavioral Health in late December to express concern over their proposed 2020 rounding policy regarding the ABA CPT® codes. Optum proposed to require that 10 minutes of services be rendered in order to report using any of those codes. In our […]

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December 17, 2019 The Coalition heard from providers in several states that Anthem was reducing reimbursement rates for CPT codes 97153 and 97155. Antitrust laws prohibit professional organizations like Coalition member the Association of Behavior Analysts (APBA) from negotiating reimbursement rates on behalf of their constituents, but nonprofit professional organizations generally are allowed to advocate […]

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December 17, 2019 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule on November 1. It can be found here. Addendum B, which contains all assigned relative value units (RVUs) for services within the MPFS, clearly indicates that the CPT codes for adaptive behavior (ABA) services (97151-97158, […]

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November 25, 2019 The ABA Coding Coalition has learned recently that a number of CPT codes for health behavior assessment and intervention services (96158 – 96171) have been modified for 2020. Those codes are for services to identify and address psychological, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal factors important to the assessment, treatment, or management of […]

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August 26, 2019 On July 29, 2019 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their annual notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). As providers may know, these annual proposed and final rule notices are where CMS publishes modified policies and reimbursement rates for all medical services within […]

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