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New year brings more than 500 CPT changes

Briefings on APCs, January 1, 2009

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2009 update focuses on E/M, medicine

by Christina Benjamin, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

CPT coders face a lengthy list of changes for 2009. According to the American Academy of Professional Coders, there are 291 additions, 375 revisions, and 95 deletions. The E/M and medicine sections have changed the most.

Among the 2009 changes is  a new symbol for recycled or reinstated codes: “o,” and the deletion of modifier -21 (prolonged E/M services). Critical care codes underwent major changes.  AMA revised the guidelines for their use and relocated all the current critical and intensive care codes (99460–99480) to the end of the E/M section.

The new manual includes a much-needed range of new laparoscopic hernia repair codes and lesser changes to the anesthesia, integumentary and musculoskeletal sections.

 

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