tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2010 Issue 16

CPT 2010: # Leads the Way to Reworked Excision Codes

Overcome unraveling of CPT's numeric conventions with these tips. Relying on numerical order to ensure that you find the correct hemorrhoidectomy code? Watch out. Starting Jan. 1, you won't always find specific codes where you expect them -- and using an unspecified code when a specific code is available could compromise your pay. That's why CPT 2010 introduces the new # symbol to alert you to an out-of-order code. The "#" works like a flashing yellow light: Slow down, there might be something unexpected. Rather than moving groups of codes to new sections, the AMA has created another option...

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