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Pay-per-view: Code and guideline changes appear throughout surgery subsections

APCs Insider, February 24, 2012

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In total, the AMA added 60 new codes throughout the surgery section of the 2012 CPT® Manual, 18 of which appear in the cardiovascular and respiratory system subsections. The AMA also revised 86 codes and deleted 48 codes in the surgery section.

The AMA also included significant guideline changes in certain subsections of the manual. Coders should note these changes as well as the code changes, says Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, regulatory specialist at HCPro, Inc., in Danvers, MA, and an AHIMA-approved ICD-10 trainer.

"Those guidelines are a huge driving force for why the CCI edits exist," she says.

Continue reading “Code and guideline changes spread throughout surgery subsections” on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the February issue.

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