Health Information Management

Tip: CPT adds new molecular pathology table for 2014

APCs Insider, April 25, 2014

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to APCs Insider!

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.

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to APCs Insider!

    Briefings on APCs
  • Briefings on APCs

    Worried about the complexities of the new rules under OPPS and APCs? Briefings on APCs helps you understand the new rules...

  • HIM Briefings

    Guiding Health Information Management professionals through the continuously changing field of medical records and toward a...

  • Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies

    Submitting improper Medicare documentation can lead to denial of fees, payback, fines, and increased diligence from payers...

  • Briefings on HIPAA

    How can you minimize the impact of HIPAA? Subscribe to Briefings on HIPAA, your health information management resource for...

  • APCs Insider

    This HTML-based e-mail newsletter provides weekly tips and advice on the new ambulatory payment classifications regulations...

Most Popular