Written By: Toni Elhoms, CCS, CPC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Director of Coding/Compliance Consulting Services
It’s that time of the year again! The new 2017 CPT code changes take effect January 1st. Understanding the myriad of upcoming changes is crucial to obtaining the proper reimbursement for your services! The changes for 2017 address a number of interrelated issues. Clinical practice and technology have evolved and several issues required much needed CPT expansion and clarification. CPT 2017 offers the most changes in spine and orthopedic procedures, chronic care management, physical and occupational therapy, as well as significant changes in the reporting of moderate sedation services.
*Please note, this article is not an all-inclusive list; review your 2017 CPT book for complete descriptions of all changes. Appendix B of 2017 CPT provides a summary of additions, deletions, and revisions.
Highlights of the most significant changes:
- Moderate Sedation
- Chronic Care Management
- Flu Vaccinations
- Spinal Instrumentation
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
- Spinal Steroid/Epidural Injections