Accurate Coding Requires Timely Codebook Revisions

Get out your shiny, new CPT® 2015 codebooks. There are changes and corrections to be made. The American Medical Association (AMA) released, Nov. 11, an Errata and Technical Corrections document for revisions made to breast biopsy guidelines and code 62284, after press time. Updated information about vaccine codes has also been released.

Errata and Technical Corrections

The AMA explains that revision of the breast biopsy guidelines for reporting bilateral breast imaging/biopsy services was necessary “to clarify that coding for these services is to reflect ‘lesion’ and modality, irrespective of performance on the same or contralateral breast. These revisions also reflect the intent of these codes for reporting combinations of multiple procedures and imaging modalities.”

Note that earlier errata, released Nov. 7, revised the descriptors for codes 19081-19086 to clarify that these codes include biopsy of breast accessed through the skin.

Also in the Nov. 11 Errata and Technical Corrections document, Surgery code 62284 is revised to delete the “extraneous” text from the descriptor “that is now inconsistent with the intent for lumbar treatment.”

62284 Injection procedure for myelography and/or computed tomography, lumbar (other than C1-C2 and posterior fossa)

Vaccine Codes

You should also be aware that codes 90620 Meningococcal recombinant protein and outer membrane vesicle vaccine, serogroup B, 2 dose schedule, for intramuscular use and 90621 Meningococcal recombinant lipoprotein vaccine, serogroup B, 3 dose schedule, for intramuscular use were accepted at the October 2014 CPT® Editorial Panel meeting for electronic release on Nov. 1. These codes have an implementation date of Feb. 1, 2015.

Code 90620 is pending FDA approval, but FDA approval was received for 90621 on Oct. 29. Note that, according to the AMA, payers may decide to acknowledge and implement  90621 for reporting purposes prior to Feb. 1, 2015.

Download the latest Errata and Technical Corrections – CPT® 2015 document and other pertinent updates from the AMA’s website (www.ama-assn.org). (Registration required)

Renee Dustman

Renee Dustman

Executive Editor at AAPC
Renee Dustman, BS, is an executive editor at AAPC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications - Journalism. She has more than 20 years experience in print publishing, working in production management and content management. She is also a freelance writer and graphic artist.
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