Update Your CPT Codebook with Latest Changes
The American Medical Association (AMA) released this month errata and technical corrections to its CPT® 2015. It also released new and revised vaccine codes, scheduled to appear in the CPT® 2016.
Revised is the exclusionary parenthetical note following code 88344 Immunohistochemistry or immunocytochemistry, per specimen; initial single antibody stain procedure to instruct reporting of different antibodies.
The note should read:
Do not use more than one unit of 88341, 88342, or 88344 for the same
each separately identifiable antibody per specimen.
New Vaccine Codes for 2015-2016
Vaccine codes for the 2016 CPT® book were also released. New codes are:
90625 Cholera vaccine live, adult dosage, 1 dose schedule, for oral use
90620 Meningococcal recombinant protein and outer membrane vesicle vaccine, serogroup B (MendB), 2 dose schedule, for intramuscular use
90621 Meningococcal recombinant lipoprotein vaccine, serogroup B (MenB), 3 dose schedule, for intramuscular use
90630 Influenza virus vaccine, quadrivalent (IIV4), split virus, preservative free, for intradermal use
90651 Human Papillomavirus vaccine types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58, nonavalent (HPV), 3 dose schedule, for intramuscular use
90697 Diphtheria, tetanus toxoids, acellular pertussis vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, Haemophilus influenzae type b PRP-OMP conjugate vaccine, and hepatitis B vaccine (DTaP-IPV-Hib-HepB), for intramuscular use
CPT® 90625 goes into effect January 1, 2016 and is pending FDA approval. Codes 90620-90621 went into effect February 1, 2015. The remaining new codes went into effect January 1, 2015.
Also in this early release is a long list of vaccine codes implemented January 1, 2015 that will appear in the 2016 CPT® book with revised descriptors.
New Category III Codes for 2016
Lastly, is the early release of several new CPT® Category III codes. Codes 0381T-0393T and 0396T-0407T were accepted for the 2016 production cycle; however, they went into effect January 1, 2015. Codes 0408T-0436T were accepted for the 2017 production cycle, but will go into effect January 1, 2016.
You must log in to the AMA website to download the PDF files that provide full details of these coding changes.