Let's take a look at the CPT changes for 2008 recently published by the AMA.
For 2008, 51 codes were deleted across all major code groupings.
306 code descriptions were updated. There are 242 new codes. The following are temporary codes:
102 Category II Codes for the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative program which is detailed in CMS's most recent 2008 PQRI Measure Specifications. These supplemental tracking codes can be used for performance measurement and are intended to facilitate data collection about the quality of care rendered by coding certain services and test results that support nationally established, evidence-based performance measure. The use of these codes is optional.
13 Temporary Category III Codes for bi-annual vaccinations release, emerging technologies, services, and procedures. This list is available from the American Medical Association.
The remaining 127 new Category I codes occur in the following book sections:
15 E&M codes on the topics of medical team conferences, smoking cessation visits, drug screenings, telephone and online evaluations, neonatal hospital care, and medication management,
2 Anesthesia codes on percutaneous image-guided procedures on the spine and spinal cord,
25 musculoskeletal surgical procedures including needle placement for radioelement application, computer-assisted navigational procedures, TMJ manipulation, spine osteotomy, elbow tenotomy, fracture treatment, osteochondral autograft, and arthroscopies,
5 respiratory surgical procedures including thoracocentesis, insertion of pleural cath, tube thoracostomy, and chemical pleurodesis,
9 cardiovascular surgical procedures including operative tissue ablation with atrial reconstruction, ascending aorta graft, transcath placement of wireless physiologic sensor, bypass graft, collection of blood specimens, and declotting implanted vascular access device,
13 gastrointestinal surgical procedures including needle placement for radioelement application, excision of abdominal tumors, tube insertions, conversions, and replacements under fluoroscopy, mechanical removal of tube obstructive material, contrast injection for evaluation of existing -ostomy,
7 urinary surgical procedures including removal of indwelling utereral stents, renal tumor ablation, bladder aspiration, and laser prostate enucleation,
7 genital or abdominal surgical procedures including needle placement for radioelement application, paravaginal defect repair, and laparoscopy with total hysterectomy,
1 endocrine surgical procedure for aspirating or injecting a thyroid cyst,
6 eye and auditory surgical procedures including mechanical vitrectomy, repair of complex retinal detachment, preterm infant retinopathy treatment, and nasolacrimal duct probing,
8 radiological procedures all focused on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging,
11 new laboratory tests from Cystatin C to semen analysis,
4 new immune globulins and flu vaccines,
4 new injection and infusion codes,
1 non-invasive vascular diagnostic study,
3 neurostimulator pulse system electronic analysis codes,
4 patient education codes including telephone and online assessments, and
1 ocular photoscreening code.
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