You can check out summaries of CPT® Editorial Panel meeting actions and documents at www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/solutions-managing-your-practice/coding-billing-insurance/cpt/cpt-summary-panel-actions.page.
What’s new for cardiology?
“Once again, it looks as though the cardiology specialty will be heavily impacted with code changes for 2013. Looking at the proposed changes for new codes and revised codes, we are looking to take another hit on reimbursement. The goal over the past few years, it appears, is to completely streamline component coding for cardiology related procedures,” says Terry A. Fletcher, BS, CPC, CCS-P, CCS, CEMC, CCC, CMSCS, CMC, of California-based Terry Fletcher Consulting.
Remember: The changes are tentative, and final CPT® 2013 codes would only be finalized by the fall of 2012.
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Train Yourself for New PCI Codes
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) codes are on the list for possible overhaul, notes Fletcher. And that means you could say so long to some of your most commonly used codes.
CPT® may delete:
- 92980-92981, Transcatheter placement of an intracoronary stent(s) …
- 92982 and 92984, Percutaneous transluminal coronary balloon angioplasty …
- 92995-92996, Percutaneous transluminal coronary atherectomy …
To fill the void, you could see 13 new PCI codes. You can get a sense of how big a change this could be from the panel’s reference to accepting “revisions of cross references which restructures the entire section.”
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