AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2004 Issue 1; FOR your INFORMATION

CMS eliminates G codes for prostate brachytherapy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will delete HCPCS code G0256, Prostate brachytherapy using permanently implanted Palladium seeds, including transperitoneal placement of needles or catheters into the prostate, cystoscopy and application of permanent interstitial radiation source; and code G0261, Prostate brachytherapy using permanently implanted iodine seeds, including transperineal placement of needles or catheters into the prostate, cystoscopy and application of permanent interstitial radiation source, for packaged prostate brachytherapy. On or after Jan. 1, 2004, services previously reported with code G0256 and code G0261 should be reported utilizing CPT codes (7778 and 55859). CPT code 77778, Interstitial radiation...

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