Nearly 550 New, Changed, and Deleted codes for CPT 2015
CPT® 2015 includes nearly 550 new, changed, and deleted codes, as well as added and revised guidelines, parenthetical comments, and terminology. The changes will especially affect family practice, internal medicine, cardiovascular, gastrology, pathology/laboratory, and radiology. Seven changes affect the evaluation and management (E/M) section; E/M services represent the most often reported codes in the CPT® codeset.
In Category I codes, spinal procedures (e.g., arthrodesis) in both the 20000 and 60000 codes sections of the CPT® Surgical chapter received a revamp. More than 56 new and changed codes mark the cardiovascular sections, in both Surgery and Medicine chapters. Pathology/Laboratory codes were significantly remodeled, with 139 new and changed codes and 49 deleted. Digestive codes saw 57 new and changed codes, with none deleted.
Category III emerging technology codes, which are frequently changed, saw 39 added, six changed, and 26 deleted, while the relatively stable Category II quality codes saw four changes.