AMA Releases CPT® 2014 Updates

The American Medical Association (AMA) released on June 6 a handful of new or revised CPT® Category II codes.
A change to an existing code under Patient History was implemented January 1, 2014:
1040F  DSM-VTM5* criteria for major depressive disorder documented at the initial evaluation (MDD, MDD ADOL)
Under Diagnostic/Screening Processes or Results, two Category II codes will be implemented July 1, 2014:
3125F Esophageal biopsy report with a statement about dysplasia (present, absent, or indefinite) (PATH)
3126F Esophageal biopsy report with a statement about dysplasia (present, absent, or indefinite, and if present, contains appropriate grading) (PATH)
And two Category II codes, also under Diagnostic/Screening Processes or Results, were implemented April 1, 2014:
3775F Adenoma(s) or other neoplasm detected during screening colonoscopy (SCADR)
3776F Adenoma(s) or other neoplasm not detected during screening colonoscopy (SCADR) [emphasis added]
The AMA also announced June 5 that the FDA approval pending indicator was removed from vaccine codes 90687 Influenza virus vaccine, quadrivalent, split virus, when administered to children 6-35 months of age, for intramuscular use and 90688 Influenza virus vaccine, quadrivalent, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use for CPT® 2014.
These new codes and code changes will first appear in the CPT® 2015 codebook. Until then, for future reference, you can go to website to download the CPT® Category II Codes and Category I Vaccine Codes documents.
Tip: Start dates for late release codes may vary from payer to payer and may differ from the AMA implementation dates. Verify specific payer information regarding use of these codes.

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