2017 CPT Code Changes: Spinal Instrumentation

2017 CPT Code Changes: Spinal Instrumentation

Several new codes will replace long time spinal biomechanical device code 22851. The new codes are more specific regarding the type and location of the biomechanical devices. 22853 – Insertion of interbody biomechanical device(s) (eg, synthetic cage, mesh) with integral anterior instrumentation for device anchoring (eg, screws, flanges), when performed, to intervertebral disc space in…

2017 CPT Code Changes Spinal Steroid:Epidural Injections

2017 CPT Code Changes Spinal Steroid: Epidural Injections

There are 8 new CPT codes to reflect epidural spinal injections. These new codes are classified by both anatomy and whether imaging guidance was used and replace codes 62310 – 62319. 62320 – Injection(s), of diagnostic or therapeutic substance(s) (eg, anesthetic, antispasmodic, opioid, steroid, other solution), not including neurolytic substances, including needle or catheter placement,…

2017 CPT Code Changes Orthopedics

2017 CPT Code Changes: Orthopedics

Bunionectomy codes underwent expansion and revision in this year’s CPT update. Two new codes were added to reflect more accurate procedural options as well as many revisions to the technical descriptions of existing bunion correction codes. 28291 – Hallux rigidus correction with cheilectomy, debridement and capsular release of the first metatarsophalangeal joint; with implant 28295…

2017 CPT Code Changes Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

2017 CPT Code Changes Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

The most significant changes this year for diagnostic and interventional radiology involve mammography bundling, ultrasound screenings for AAA, and fluoroscopy services. Fluoroscopy codes 77002-77003 are now subject to the global period concept and are designated add-on codes. Mammography services now include computer – aided detection (CAD), which eliminated the add-on codes reported in previous years.…

HHS Nominee Tom Price

HHS Nominee Tom Price

The medical establishment is praising the appointment of Tom Price, MD, to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. That enthusiasm is not shared by women’s health advocates and some Democrats in Congress. President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rep. Tom Price, (R-GA), an orthopedic surgeon and avowed opponent of Obamacare, was greeted with high…