AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 4 (April)

Add-on Codes (April 2000)

April 2000 pages 6-7 Back To Basics Add-on Codes Most of the procedures listed in CPT can be reported using "stand-alone" codes that describe the total procedure or service performed. In fact, under certain circumstances it may be necessary to report two or more stand-alone codes to completely describe the procedure performed. "Add-on" codes describe procedures/services that are always performed in addition to the primary procedure/service. They describe additional intra-service work associated with the primary procedure/service. Such services would never be reported using stand-alone codes. These additional or supplemental procedures are designated as "add-on" codes and identified in CPT...

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