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CPT® 2014: 3 Code Change Requests Affect Observation, DXA, and Breast OCT

Posted on 30. Jul, 2013 by in Hot Coding Topics

Could vertebral fracture assessment get a new code?

The CPT® Editorial Panel has already posted several approved code changes for 2014, but there are more decisions to come. Preview what’s in the works for 2014 with a look at the following three items which were on the May 2013 agenda, with results to be posted this summer.

1. Office Observation: The panel received a request for two new add-on E/M codes. Each code would apply to observation care in the outpatient setting. CPT® currently includes 99217 (Observation care discharge day management…), 99218-99220 (Initial Observation care, per day…) and 99224-99226 (Subsequent Observation Care, per day…) for hospital observation services.

2. DXA: Another request asks for the addition of a new 7708X code to be used for DXA bone density study of the axial skeleton with vertebral fracture assessment (VFA). For this new code to make sense, the request suggests that...

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