AMA CPT® Assistant - 2013 Issue 12 (December)

Coding Communication: Location of Surgical and Nonsurgical Procedures in the CPT Code Set (December 2013)

December 2013 page 10 Coding Communication: Location of Surgical and Nonsurgical Procedures in the CPT Code Set In the June 1996 CPT® Assistant Coding Commentary titled "The Great Debate: When Is 'Surgery' Not Surgery?", the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel addressed the potential problems that may occur when reporting certain procedures because the distinction between what constitutes surgical and nonsurgical procedures is not defined by its placement in the code set. Examples include problems that occur for those beneficiaries who lack coverage for "surgery," but would be covered if the service did not fall within...

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