AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 11 (November)

A Closer look at 20979 (November 2000)

November 2000 page 8 Coding Communication A Closer look at 20979 The new code 20979 was added to CPT 2000 to reflect new technology and to distinguish between different energy sources used to stimulate bone healing. Prior to the addition of code 20979, CPT only contained specific codes to identify electrical stimulation to aid bone healing (20974, 20975), which did not allow for the use of low intensity ultrasound. In an effort to provide a better understanding of this procedure, we will take a look at the description and rationale for this new code, as well as a clinical...

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