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Healthcare News: AMA posts corrections for CPT Professional Edition 2010

JustCoding News: Outpatient, December 2, 2009

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The AMA posted on its Web site “Corrections in CPT® 2010,” a document listing a number of important updates you should note in your CPT Professional Edition 2010 manuals.

Although modifications in the evaluation and management section are fairly minor (e.g., wrong page number cited), the changes in the surgery section are more significant. They include corrections to the following sections:

  • Respiratory system: Added revision symbol (?) to codes 31623, 31624, and 31625 to reflect the inclusion of the phrases ‘include’ and ‘when performed’ as identified in the parent code 31622.
  • Digestive system: Add revision symbol (?) to codes 46257 and 46261. Parent code 46255 was revised to include “single, column/group” and parent code 46260 was revised to include “2 or more columns/groups.”
  • Nervous system section: Revised paravertebral spinal nerves and branches guidelines referencing code 64999 and replaced with Category III codes 0213T–0218T.
  • Pathology and laboratory: Deleted ‘Qualitative’ in last column heading and replaced with ‘Quantitative’ for the Table of Drugs and the Appropriate Qualitative Screening, Confirmatory, and Quantitative Codes. Also in this section, revised the second parenthetical note following code 86256 referencing deleted code 86781 and replaced with 86780. Also within this parenthetical, deleted ‘see’ and replaced with ‘use.’ 

Also notice these three new parenthetical notes following revised code 95806 in the medicine section:

  • (Do not report 95806 in conjunction with 93012, 93014, 93041–93227, 93228, 93229, 93230–93272, 0203T, 0204T)
  • (For unattended sleep study that measures heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory analysis, and sleep time, use 0203T)
  • (For unattended sleep study that measures heart rate, oxygen saturation, and respiratory analysis, use 0204T)

Learn more about these and other corrections to the CPT Professional Edition 2010 on the AMA Web site.

Interested in learning more about other CPT code changes that will take effect January 1? Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CCS,CCDS, Susan E. Garrison, CHC, CHCA, PCS, FCS, CCS-P, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, and Christina Benjamin, MA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, will discuss the most significant changes that will impact your hospital during a December 18 HCPro audio conference, “CPT 2010: Overview of major code changes.” To learn more or to purchase, go to the Healthcare Marketplace.



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