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Make sure you review AMA's CPT errata

APCs Insider, January 18, 2013

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It turns out that the AMA can’t actually predict the future. On January 9, the AMA sent out a notification of errata in the 2014 CPT® Manual. Oops. The AMA followed with a January 16 correction saying the errata file is for the 2013 CPT Manual.

The goof is funny and we all probably had a good laugh at the AMA’s expense (while cringing at the memory of similar mistakes of our own.) You still need to review the errata file. You should also print it out and keep it handy.
 
Some of the errata are typos, like incorrectly spelling “transcatheter” in an instructional note. Spellcheck doesn’t do a great job on medical terms.
 
Other errata are more significant. For example, the AMA revised the instructional note for CPT code 99238 (hospital discharge day management; 30 minutes or less) and 99239 (hospital discharge day management; more than 30 minutes) to remove the words “by the physician.”
 
That might seem like a minor change, but removing that phrase “by the physician” means coders can report services by other qualified healthcare professionals (AMA’s new neutrality language) using these codes.
 
You can view the errata on the AMA’s website.



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