CPT® 2013 codebooks are already shipping out of warehouses, and the American Medical Association (AMA) has moved quickly to post its annual corrections document. The corrections document is a vital part of coding CPT® correctly for the coming year. It includes code and guideline updates that were approved too late to be included in the book, additional clarifications, and simple corrections to typographical errors. New material is added to the document throughout the year.
Changes so far include clarifying edits in guidelines and parenthetical comments, with two changes directly affecting coding. Under codes 20930-20937 is the addition of codes 22633-22634 in place of codes 0195T-0196T, with which they can be reported in conjunction. And new rules for endoscopy of the trachea and bronchi above code 31615 are “For endoscopy procedures, code appropriate endoscopy of each anatomic site examined. Surgical bronchoscopy always includes diagnostic bronchoscopy when performed by the same physician. Codes 31622-31651, 31660, 31661 include fluoroscopic guidance when performed.”
September 28th, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published corrections to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program—Stage 2 proposed rule in the April 18 Federal Register. The corrections document fixes several technical and typographical errors in the preamble and regulations text. (more…)
April 27th, 2012
Get out your CPT® 2012 Book. The American Medical Association (AMA) has posted a new corrections document. Revisions dated Feb. 27 generally pertain to missing references for codes out of numerical sequence in the Surgery section.
March 2nd, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published corrections to the 2012 Physician Fee Schedule final rule in the Jan. 4 Federal Register.
Several typographical and technical errors needed correction in the preamble and addenda of the final rule that sets Medicare payments to physicians. These corrections are consistent with, and do not make substantive changes to, the policies and payment methodologies that were adopted in the 2012 PFS final rule, so CMS is waiving the standard 30-day comment period and delay in the effective date for these corrections. The document is final and the corrections are effective Jan. 1, 2012. (more…)
January 13th, 2012
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently updated its CPT® 2011 corrections document. Most of these latest corrections are grammatical, but there also are several changes to parenthetical notes and code descriptions that you should make note of in your codebook to ensure accurate coding.
March 11th, 2011