2015 CPT Updates

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CPT codebookIt is a well known fact that things change in the coding industry. Every year codes are revised, updated, deleted, inserted; and 2015 is no exception. For the upcoming year, there are over 500 CPT changes!  264 new codes, 143 deleted codes, 134 revised codes, and a few guidelines are among the changes. 

The American Medical Association always includes highly visible symbols in the CPT publication indicating the new, revised, and deleted codes. 

• A red bullet red bullet is inserted next to all of the new codes

• A blue triangle blue triangle appears next to codes that have been revised

• Deleted information is formatted with a strikethrough

• New information is underlined

All of these formatting marks make for easy referencing. A summary of all changes is also located in Appendix B, Summary of Additions, Deletions, and Revisions. This is a great place to start when you receive a new year’s CPT book and want to see what the new year has in store.

syringeFor example, the CPT code 20610, is listed in Appendix B as, “Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, major joint or bursa (e.g., shoulder, hip, knee, subacromial bursa); major joint or bursa (e.g., shoulder, hip, knee joint, subacromial bursa) without ultrasound guidance.

A new code 20611 has been created. “Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, major joint or bursa (e.g., shoulder, hip, knee, subacromial bursa); with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting. 

The 20610 code has a blue triangle next to it indicating this is a revised code, and 20611 has a red bullet indicating it is new. 

Happy Coding!


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