Billing and Coding


Learn about the CPT coding process (how codes are developed and changed) and how you can participate.

Make sure you are coding accurately and maximizing your reimbursement with AAN templates for Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding.


Access the Medicare documentation guidelines for E/M services to ensure you are meeting all of the necessary requirements and achieving maximum reimbursement.

AMA CPT & RUC Process


Learn more about how the AAN participates in the American Medical Association's (AMA) CPT code development and valuation recommendation process. 

AMA Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Survey Process

  • The AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) recommends values for services to CMS.
  • CMS evaluates RUC recommendations to further reduce payments as policy dictates. Successful representation at RUC is critical but not sufficient to guarantee acceptable payment policy.
  • The AAN surveys new or revised CPT codes and presents recommendations to the RUC. Neurologist participation in these surveys is vitally important as they have a minimum participation threshold for the data to be statistically valid. 
  • View a brief YouTube video to learn more about the AMA RUC Process.

E/M Template Disclaimer

Templates are a service to AAN members. They are based on Medicare E/M  stipulations provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). They are not intended to include all possible proper methods of coding for neurologic care. Specific coding decisions are the prerogative and responsibility of the physician caring for the patient, based on all involved circumstances.

Copyright © 2010 American Academy of Neurology. The American  Academy of Neurology authorizes members to copy and reproduce any or all of these templates for use in their practice. If a document is edited or modified in any manner, the user may not include the AAN logo on the document.