Neurologic Music Therapy Coding Manual



The NMT Medical Coding Manual is a resource that identifies the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes with the functional goal areas that are addressed in Neurologic Music Therapy. Although the codes are aligned with the American billing system – therapists all over the world have been successful in using the information in the manual which includes the techniques, their definitions, and current supporting research. This information has been helpful in other countries in successfully obtaining reimbursement.

What is a CPT Code and how can it help me?

Current Procedural Terminology  (CPT®) is a system of terminology and coding developed by the American Medical Association.  The purpose of the terminology is to provide a uniform language that will accurately describe medical, surgical, and  diagnostic services, and will thereby provide an effective means for reliable nationwide communication among physicians, patients, and third parties.  The codes are not restricted to a specific specialty group. (American Medical Association, 2000) The use of the NMT Intervention/Medical Coding forms will provide your third party payer with significant information that relates the evidence-based practice of NMT to Current Procedural Terminology coding which is used routinely in the medical community.

The codes provided within this manual are not all encompassing, but rather they are codes that have been used successfully by music therapists in the past (Simpson & Burns, 2004).  The NMT, the facility and/or the provider may identify alternative codes to be used as determined between the parties. Additionally, many facilities and hospitals have internal coding systems linked to CPT Coding.  The NMT’s recognition of this fact can facilitate communication between the two parties when determining funding possibilities.  Additional coding information can be found in the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Professional Edition manual, available for purchase through the American Medical Association by calling 1-800-621-8335.  The manual is updated each year, therefore it is important to check annually for any changes in codes. (American Medical Association, 2003).

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