On Dec. 5, 2018, psychology and legal experts conducted a one-hour webinar to help people learn about the changes to the Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing Codes that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Antonio E. Puente, PhD, and Neil Pliskin, PhD, discussed the specific changes to the codes covered in the July and October webinars, focusing on how to documenting work as well as introducing the new code values and payment structure.
- A brief review of the new codes & definitions, and how to crosswalk from the old codes to the new ones.
- The new code values and payment structure.
- Questions in preparation for the transition.
Antonio E. Puente, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and maintains a private practice focused on clinical neuropsychology. He is an authority on coding and billing for psychological services. Between 1993 and 2008, he was APA’s representative to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) panel. Puente served two terms on the AMA Editorial Panel of the CPT panel. He was also on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. In 2017, he served as president of the American Psychological Association and the APA Practice Organization.
Neil Pliskin, PhD, is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and professor clinical psychiatry and neurology in the University of Illinois (UI) College of Medicine. Pliskin serves as director of neuropsychology services at UI Health and has had 30 years of experience working as a clinical neuropsychologist and directing clinical neuropsychology training programs. Pliskin has scientific and clinical interests in memory disorders, neuropsychological symptoms of medical illness (MS, dementia, renal disease) and, in particular, brain trauma (electrical shock injuries). He is past president of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, Div. 40 of the American Psychological Association and current APA advisor to the AMA/CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee.