FOTO Formulates Complexity Level Categories to Assist Clinicians with New 2017 CPT Codes
Effective January 1, 2017, new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for patient evaluation and reevaluation by physical and occupational therapists were implemented. Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) has defined complexity level categories to assist clinical decision making with CPT codes.
Using data-driven methods, FOTO developed Low, Moderate and High Complexity/Severity categories for each of the FOTO functional status measures. The categories may be used to assist clinicians in using the FOTO measurement system to classify patients in accordance with the CPT coding system and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
“When we learned that clinicians desired to understand functional scores in the context of 3 complexity categories, we felt it was important to take the lead on defining what those categories should be for the FOTO functional measures”, stated FOTO Coordinator of Research and Development, Deanna Hayes, PT, DPT, MS. “Our purpose was to provide standardization and encourage consistent interpretation of score results.”
Complexity level categories from FOTO measures should be used to complement, not replace, the professional’s clinical judgement following a comprehensive evaluation that includes a patient history, an examination and the clinical presentation of the patient.
FOTO is a Knoxville, TN based corporation that has been continuously improving solutions to efficiently measure and reliably report functional outcomes for the rehabilitation industry for over 25 years. FOTO’s web-based solutions are risk-adjusted to enable fair and accurate measurement and predictions of the expected improvement in patients’ functional status. Approximately 14.2 million patient surveys have been compiled in the FOTO database, and researchers have utilized FOTO data to publish over 90 articles on functional outcomes in refereed medical journals. These publications have led the way in enhancing the science of measuring outcomes and the use of outcomes in payment methodologies. FOTO is the standard in measuring functional outcomes in rehabilitation.
Learn more at FOTO or contact Judy Holder at 1-800-482-3686 x 238.