The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), and the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) announce a collaborative project to advance health & wellness coaching in healthcare.
The collaborative project focuses on collecting, tracking and housing utilization data (and reimbursement data where possible) from health & wellness coaches and health educators who are currently providing health & wellness coaching to patients in a healthcare setting. This code utilization data will support the application to the American Medical Association (AMA) for the approval of health & well-being coaching services as Category I CPT Codes, which are fully supported for reimbursement.
“We recognize the value of health and wellness coaching and are excited to collaborate with NBHWC and NCHEC on this project in support of widespread reimbursement for these clinical services,” said Jessica Matthews, Director of Integrative Health Coaching for UC San Diego Centers for Integrative Health.
As of January 2020, three Category III CPT Codes for health and well-being coaching services are approved by the AMA. Category III codes are designed for the purpose of data collection, assessment, and in some instances, payment of new or emerging services and procedures on the path to becoming Category I codes.
The Category III Health and Well-Being Coaching Codes include:
- 0591T Health and Well-Being Coaching face-to-face; individual, initial assessment
- 0592T individual, follow-up session, at least 30 minutes
- 0593T group (two or more individuals), at least 30 minutes
“We anticipate that it will take 10 to 12 months to collect the data needed to apply for Category I Codes, and we are looking forward to working with the UC San Diego team and health & wellness coaches from medical settings throughout the country,” said Leigh-Ann Webster, Executive Director for the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching, a controlled affiliate of the National Board of Medical Examiners,.
Because data collection is an integral part of the CPT code application process, NCHEC is requesting that those CHES® and MCHES® that are working in primary care and performing health and well-being coaching services to complete the questionnaire. The questionnaire will help us identify health professionals and organizations that can assist with collecting and tracking the usage of the health and well-being coaching services codes.
“It is our hope that the implementation of the Category III CPT codes will raise awareness and create more opportunities for CHES®, MCHES® and NBC-HWC and their roles within the healthcare setting,” said Linda Lysoby, NCHEC Executive Director.
If you would like to learn more about the CPT code process, please review the information at: https://www.ama-assn.org/about/cpt-editorial-panel/cpt-code-process#cpt-codes-implementation-schedule. For additional information please email Melissa Opp at email@example.com. or Leigh-Ann Webster at Leighann@nbhwc.org.