AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 2 (February)

Medicine: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Q&A) (February 2010)

February 2010 page 12d Medicine: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Q&A) Question: Is code 97026, Application of modality to 1 or more areas; infrared, the most appropriate code for reporting use of cold light or low light laser? Answer: No. It would not be appropriate to report code 97026, Application of a modality to 1 or more areas; infrared, in this example as code 97026 specifically represents the use of infrared heat (lamps) applied over a patient for various conditions (eg, dermatologically related). A higher heat source of energy has since been developed (increased level of joules), and is...

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