AMA CPT® Assistant - 2005 Issue 1 (January)

New Codes for Reporting Acupuncture (January 2005)

January 2005 pages 16-45 Coding Communication:New Codes for Reporting Acupuncture Acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for more than 2,300 years and has served as the main medical modality for hundreds of millions of people during that time. Today, acupuncture is practiced throughout the United States and has gained considerable public acceptance. Acupuncture treats pain, neuromusculoskeletal conditions, digestive, endocrine, immune, respiratory, cardiovascular, gynecological, urinary, psychological, and dermatologic conditions. Within CPT 2004, the only codes describing acupuncture are 97780, Acupuncture, one or more needles, without electrical stimulation; and 97781, with electrical stimulation. However, since these codes do not adequately...

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