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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: Flu Vaccinations

Influenza codes received a makeover with this year’s CPT update. The codes are no longer classified based on age. The descriptions of these codes now reflect dosage amounts. Codes now state “becomes 0.25 mL dosage” in place of “when administered to children 6-35 months of age” and “becomes 0.5 mL dosage” in place of “when…


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

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

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.…