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E-Newsletter    January 2024
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Editor's E-Note

Making Health Care More Inclusive

Among the changes to the American Medical Association’s CPT code set for 2024 are the inclusion of Spanish language descriptors for more than 11,000 medical procedures and services aimed to help CPT users better engage with and help individuals in the Latinx community.

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The CPT 2024 Code Set

To bridge language barriers and make health care more inclusive and transparent for patients who speak Spanish, the American Medical Association (AMA) now offers Spanish language descriptors for more than 11,000 medical procedures and services. The consumer-friendly descriptors in Spanish were added to the newly released CPT 2024 code set, the nation’s leading data-sharing terminology for medical procedures and services.

The consumer-friendly descriptors are an important resource that many hospitals, health plans, medical offices, and other CPT users already incorporate into English-language medical documents, insurance forms, price sheets, and patient portals. Including CPT consumer-friendly descriptors in Spanish that are clear and straightforward will help CPT users better engage and assist many in the Latinx community.

“Navigating medical care and paperwork can be especially challenging for Latinx patients who do not speak English or speak English as a second language,” says AMA Senior Vice President of Health Solutions Lori Prestesater. “Providing approximately 41 million Spanish speaking individuals in the United States with an easy-to-understand description of medical procedures and services can help build a more inclusive health care environment, where language is no longer a barrier and patients can actively engage in their own care.”

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