AMA CPT® Update Includes New and Revised Codes

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently posted on its website updates to several CPT® Category I codes and a listing of Category III codes that extends into 2014.

Category I Code Additions

Codes 90664, 90666, 90667, and 90668 were accepted at the October 2009 CPT® Editorial Panel meeting for the 2011 CPT® book production cycle. Due to the Category I vaccine product codes early release policy, however, these code are effective on July 1, following the six month implementation period.
  • 90664  Influenza virus vaccine, pandemic formulation, live, for intranasal use
  • 90666  Influenza virus vaccine, pandemic formulation, split virus, preservative free, for intramuscular use
  • 90667  Influenza virus vaccine, pandemic formulation, split virus, adjuvanted, for intramuscular use
  • 90668  Influenza virus vaccine, pandemic formulation, split virus, for intramuscular use

Category I Code Revisions

Due to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, the AMA has removed the FDA Approval Pending indicator from CPT® code 90670 Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, 13 valent, for intramuscular use.
Practices should also be aware that although code 90644 Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, serogroups C & Y and Hemophilus influenza b vaccine, tetanus toxoid conjugate (Hib-MenCY-TT), 4 dose schedule, when administered to children 2-15 months of age, for intramuscular use is slated for the 2011 CPT® book, it is effective Jan. 1.
Note: Code 90644 is listed correctly in the AAPC 2010 Current Procedural Coding Expert book, as is code 90650 Human Papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, types 16, 18, bivalent, 3 dose schedule, for intramuscular use. The FDA approval pending indicator was removed from code 90650 effective Oct. 16, although it will not appear in the AMA CPT® codebook until 2011.
The FDA approval pending indicator has also been removed from code 90662 Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, preservative free, enhanced immunogenicity via increased antigen content, for intramuscular use. This revision is effective Dec. 23, 2009 and will appear in the CPT® 2011 codebook.
The update notification can be viewed here.

Category III Codes

Updates have been posted to the CPT® Category III codes, including the short descriptors and archive dates. These changes can be viewed here.

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19 Responses to “AMA CPT® Update Includes New and Revised Codes”

  1. Lawang Lewis says:

    I am reaching out to someone who will be kind enough to provide me with any resources that they can to prepare me to sit for the CPC examination. Any hands on training will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for your help in advance.
    Lawang Lewis

  2. Jodie says:

    I’d recommend visiting the AAPC forums. There are plenty of active threads addressing this topic.

  3. Chris says:

    If it’s not to late, Boot Camp really helped me out. If you are in school ask your teacher if they offer something like that, it makes a world of difference.

  4. Trina says:

    Check with your area AAPC LOCAL chapter to see if they host any Exam Reviews through the chapter.

  5. Kimberley says:

    Where do I find information regarding the boot camp?

  6. Deeya says:

    I agree about Boot Camp. It was my saving grace. Even though boot camps for the CPC have been around for maybe the past 8 years or so, I took my certification exam in 1997 and passed. I didn’t have boot camp to help, but the test was COMPLETELY different in both questioning processes and format. I did, however, go to coding Boot Camp when I wanted to further advance my certification and also took on another type of registration with the ARHCP, and I would have never passed those had it not been for Boot Camp. You can find the information you may need about Boot Camps at the AAPC website, I also believe getting away from the office/school for the four days to devote your time exclusively to the CPT book was quite helpful. Good luck!

  7. Michelle says:

    AHIMA ( publishes a CCS prep book that might also be helpful for the CPC exam.
    Delmar Cengage Learning ( publishes a coding exam prep book.
    Alfred State College (Alfred, N.Y.) ( has an online Coding ExamPrep.

  8. Andy Matheson says:

    I don’t see the relevance of the CCS prep book from the AHIMA. That is purely coding for the hospital and is a whole different entity to physician coding. Most of my colleagues who attended a good bootcamp( there are some bad ones out there) found it helped them enormously.

  9. Cheryl says:

    Take as many practice tests as you can (you can find some on the internet). Brush up on medical terminology. Get to know your cpt and icd-9 books very well.

  10. jim v in Colorado says:

    Lewis just make sure you have a coding job already cause not many employers WILL NOT hire you without experience. Also hope that you are not in Colorado as there is only one project extern site I was told they will take externships but are mainly looking to hire AHIMA coders. ALSO unless you graduate from a school that carries insurance while you’re on externship it will be diffuclt to find a practice to even look at you. Rather disappointed in the whole AAPC.

  11. Sue B says:

    Can you tell me if the new codes 90666, 90667, and 90668 are for the combination flu & H1N1 vaccine that is out this year?

  12. Cory B says:

    Sue B,
    Here is information that I found on the American Academy of Pediatrics website regarding the combined Flu vaccine
    “The 2010-2011 seasonal influenza vaccine reporting will not change from the previous year. The codes for the seasonal influenza serum will not change despite the addition of the 2009 Novel H1N1 being added to the vaccine.”
    Also”Please note that the new CPT codes (90664, 90666-90668) effective July 1, 2010 for the pandemic formulation of influenza will only be used if there is a new outbreak of pandemic influenza and new vaccines are created.”

  13. Susan says:

    Remember that you are not coding–you are taking a test. The right answer is given to you, you only have to determine which one it is.
    So, take lots of practice tests and get good at eliminating wrong choices to arrive at the right choice. You do this by becoming familiar with the CPT and ICD-9 books, how they are laid out, how information is organized and what distinguishes codes in a family from one another.
    Practice, practice, practice!

  14. Quick Facts says:

    Maybe you could make changes to the post name title AMA CPT® Update Includes New and Revised Codes | AAPC News to something more suited for your content you create. I loved the post nevertheless.

  15. Margate Pediatrics says:

    Will the codes for Influenza A/B 87804 change on 2011 for 87502.. Please advise. Thanks.

  16. becky says:

    I need help!! Half of our class did not pass the cpc exam in Dec. 2010, and now help is nowhere to be found! We were told things that were not right and it is a mess! No return phone calls or answers are I don’t kown or they must have changed that. How do I get the updates to the cpt, icd 9 and Hcpcs to update the 2010 books I have? There are so many websites, I am not sure where to go. I hate to spend another 200.00 on 2011 books to retake the exam. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  17. debra says:

    this is for becky, january 3rd 2011 at 10:40
    did you get any answers to your questions, i am in the same boat

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  19. Nidhi K says:

    Hi, all anyone have updated HCPCS/CPT codes list including all changes made in 2016 not half of part, but full list.
    I have been using this two links to find out which HCPCS/CPT codes are valid –
    but these two links doesn’t cover all codes, anyone if have it then please post here or email me.
    Thanks in advance, really appreciate your help.