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Tip: Check out the new flu codes

APCs Insider, February 22, 2013

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The AMA added two new CPT® codes for influenza vaccinations for 2013:

  • 90653, influenza vaccine, inactivated, subunit, adjuvanted, for intramuscular use. Note that this service is not yet FDA-approved. Watch the AMA and FDA websites to find out when it is approved.
  • 90672, influenza virus vaccine, quadrivalent, live, for intranasal use.
In addition, the AMA revised codes 90655, 90656, 90657, 90658, and 90660 to include "trivalent" in the description, meaning the vaccine covers three strains of the virus.
 
For an adult intramuscular hepatitis B vaccine on a two-dose schedule, coders will report new code 90739 once the FDA approves the vaccine. Coders should also note that code 90746 now specifies a three-dose schedule in order to differentiate it from the two-dose ­schedule.
 
The tip is adapted from “Note major changes in medicine section” in the February Briefings on APCs.



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