AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2019 Issue 1

The reporting of add-on codes

Within the CPT coding classification system there is a specific set of CPT codes categorized as add-on codes. These add-on codes are located within the CPT codebook and describe procedures or services commonly performed in addition to the primary procedure. In the CPT codebook these codes are identified by a plus (+) symbol preceding the CPT code. The presence of this symbol indicates that the specific CPT code can only be reported in addition to a primary procedure. Because add-on codes are considered an integral part of another procedure, it is important to note that add-on codes should NEVER...

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