Chiropractic’s Next Battle: AMA Ownership of the CPT Codes
SOURCE: Dynamic Chiropractic ~ Dec 16, 2010
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h), Publisher
As 2010 comes to a close, it is important to look ahead to see what we can do as a profession to brighten the future of chiropractic. Among the many bits of information that have come across my computer monitor of late is a very interesting article by John Weeks of The Integrator Blog, “an organizer-writer in the emerging fields of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine since 1983.”  The article points out that the American Medical Association (AMA) has owned the current procedural terminology (CPT) codes for more than 40 years.
The benefits of this ownership are probably much greater than you realize. Basically, they amount to the following:
- Control: By owning the CPT codes, the AMA effectively keeps a lid on what doctors of chiropractic (not to mention nurses, optometrists, acupuncturists, doctors of naturopathy, etc.) can be reimbursed for. None of the other health care professions is able to create new codes that are more reflective of what they do (and should be reimbursed for) without saying “AMA, may I?” (more…)