by Christine Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
October 10th, 2019
There are a few payers that have joined with CMS in discontinuing payment for consultation codes. Most recently, Cigna stated that, as of October 19, 2019, they will implement a new policy to deny the following consultation codes: 99241, 99242, 99243, 99244, 99245, 99251, 99252, 99253, 99254 and 99255.
United Healthcare announced they will eliminate the codes in two-phases depending on the date of the contract with the provider. The final date being October 19, 2019, eliminating codes for all practices.