Key Changes Made In Cpt 2018 Manual That You Must Know

Lily Smith By Lily Smith, 18th Apr 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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2018 has brought lot of changes in the CPT manual. Many codes have been added, revised and deleted to make it easier.

Key Changes Made In Cpt 2018 Manual That You Must Know

Keeping in mind the constant change in the healthcare sector, CPT has also come up with a lot of code changes in the year 2018. The CPT manuals have already been updated and the changes have started reflecting on the medical claims. Talking in brief, there are 314 code changes throughout the CPT manual of 2018; 172 codes among them are new, 60 codes are revised and 82 codes are deleted. This blog will update you with these codes based on different specialty.

Ophthalmology CPT Changes- CPT code 0464T is added to perform Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) testing on glaucoma patient. Alongside, there is a revision in existing CPT code 95930 to exclude glaucoma. You will also find that there is no change made in code 0333T used for testing visual acuity during computer automated visual acuity screening.

Gastroenterology CPT Changes: Anesthesia- Earlier there was only one CPT each for upper GI endoscopic procedures (00740) and lower GI endoscopic procedures (00810). These have been deleted in 2018 and five Anesthesia CPT Changes have been made:

• 00731 – Upper GI – endoscope, proximal to duodenum
• 00732 – Upper GI – endoscope, ERCP
• 00811 – Lower GI – endoscope, distal to duodenum
• 00812 – Lower GI – endoscope, screening colonoscopy
• 00812 – Upper and Lower GI – endoscope, both proximal to and distal to the duodenum

Dermatology/Plastic Surgery CPT Changes: New PDT CPT codes are created i.e. 96573 and 96574 and existing 96567 has been revised. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is performed to treat conditions such as acne, inflammatory rosacea, actinic keratosis and other skin diseases.

Orthopedics/Interventional Pain/ ENT CPT Changes: chest X-Ray Interpretation- There was total nine codes for orthopedics, Interventional Pain and ENT practice, which is now deleted. Four new codes have been formed in 2018 which are- 71045 for chest and single view, 71046 for chest and 2 views, 71047 for chest and 3 views, lastly, 71048 chest and 4 or more views. Few codes were split into two to differentiate if the management is occurring at home or outpatient i.e. 92792 for outpatient and 92793 for home.

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