AMA Adds to CPT 2011 Corrections Document

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently updated its CPT® 2011 corrections document. Most of these latest corrections are grammatical, but there also are several changes to parenthetical notes and code descriptions that you should make note of in your codebook to ensure accurate coding.

In this latest update, you’ll find lots of simple corrections, like changing the HCPCS Level II modifier for hospital outpatient use from A1 to AI. But you’ll also find many more important corrections, such as revising the parenthetical note following evaluation and management (E/M) add-on code 99356 Prolonged physician service in the inpatient setting, requiring unit/floor time beyond the usual service; first hour (List separately in addition to code for inpatient Evaluation and Management service) to split out the range, “as the subsequent observation codes (99224-99226) should not be included in the range of codes.”

A number of corrections can be found in the Surgery section as well. Be sure to note the more important changes, like the deletion of the parenthetical note following 47490 Cholecystostomy, percutaneous, complete procedure, including imaging guidance, catheter placement, cholecystogram when performed, and radiological supervision and interpretation, referencing radiological supervision and interpretation.

You’ll find more changes in the Radiology, Pathology and Laboratory, and Medicine sections, one correction in the Category III section, and many changes in Appendices B, D and M, as well as the Index.

Be sure to review all the changes in the latest version of the AMA Corrections Document – CPT® 2011, issued March 10.

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