AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 4 (April)

Thyroid Carcinoma Metastasis Uptake, 78020 (April 1999)

April 1999 page 4 Coding Communication Thyroid Carcinoma Metastasis Uptake, 78020 Approximately 16,000 new cases of thyroid cancer are reported each year, ten percent of which are aggressive. Prior to 1999, CPT did not contain a code that accurately described the resources employed to derive uptake measurement for metastatic foci. As a result, the CPT Editorial Panel added CPT code 78020, Thyroid carcinoma metastases uptake (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) to CPT 1999. This new code accurately describes the physician work and technical resources used in performing thyroid carcinoma metastatic uptake, and the diagnosis...

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