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Tip: CPT adds new molecular pathology table for 2014

APCs Insider, April 25, 2014

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The Pathology and Laboratory section in the 2014 CPT® Manual contains a new molecular pathology table at the beginning listing the codes by abbreviated gene name in alphabetical order. For example, under BEST1, coders can find the full gene name (bestrophin 1), commonly associated disease (vitelliform macular dystrophy), and CPT code (81406).
 
The AMA also added a new code to the Tier 1 (specific analytes) molecular pathology codes:
  • 81287, MGMT (0-6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase) (e.g., glioblastoma multiforme), methylation analysis
 
The Tier 2 codes saw more extensive changes. This tier is arranged by the level of technical resources and interpretive work required, not specific analytes like Tier 1. The AMA added 318 new analytes throughout the section. They can be identified by a green font and arrows, similar to new and revised parenthetical notes.
 
This tip is adapted from “AMA updates CPT codes for new technology and drugs in 2014” in the April issue of Briefings on APCs.



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