Anesthesia Code Changes in 2017- Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QCC, QMCS, CPC, CMRS
January 23rd, 2017

Pay close attention to the new 2017 Anesthesia codes there are a few notable changes.  There is a new code set for Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI). The difference in the new codes set has a clear distinction on a single injection or a catheter placement for continuous infusion/intermittent bolus and if imaging guidance was used.  Be sure to include the correct documentation when using these new codes, it must clearly document if imaging guidance was used to perform the procedure or not used. 

Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)

62310-62311 Injection(s), of diagnostic or therapeutic substance(s) (including anesthetic, antispasmodic, opioid, steroid, other solution), not including neurolytic substances, including needle or catheterplacement, includes contrast for localization when performed, epidural or subarachnoid;

Deleted CPT Codes New code/Imaging Guidance New code w/o Imaging Guidance
62310- Cervical or Thoracic 92321 62320
62311lumbar or sacral (caudal) 62323 62322

62318-62319 Injection(s), including indwelling catheter placement, continuous infusion or intermittent bolus, of diagnostic or therapeutic substance(s) (including anesthetic, antispasmodic, opioid, steroid, other solution), not including neurolytic substances, includes contrast for localization when performed, epidural or subarachnoid; 

Deleted CPT Codes New Code/Imaging Guidance New Code W/O Imaging Guideance
62318 cervical or thoracic 62325 62324
62319lumbar or sacral (caudal) 62327 62326

Check out the CPT code section on Find-A-Code to view all of the Added, Revised and Deleted codes for 2017 to ensure correct code reporting.  

References:

Anesthesia Code Changes in 2017- Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI). (2017, January 23). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/anesthesia-code-changes-in-2017-30238.html

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