United Healthcare (UHC) has announced that it will delay implementation of a policy that would have ended reimbursement for consultation services represented by CPT codes 99241-99245 and 99251-99255. The policy had been scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1, 2017.
A formal announcement of this policy delay was published in the UHC October 2017 Provider Network Bulletin.
Prior to the announcement, numerous medical societies had been urging UHC to reconsider the policy change. The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) was joined by 36 medical and specialty societies – including the Pennsylvania Medical Society – in sending a letter to UHC, urging the insurer to reconsider. The letter addressed concerns such as:
Currently, there is no additional information on a possible future implementation date for the policy.
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