Wednesday, December 28, 2005

CPT and ICD-9 Changes

From ACEP:

The American Medical Association recently released its annual refinement of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and descriptions. For 2006, paramount CPT changes for emergency medicine concern emergency department after-hours services and moderate (conscious) sedation. The previous related codes were frequently denied by payors as not being applicable to the emergency department or the emergency physician. CPT has clarified these services by creating new codes, which should decrease emergency physician denials for these commonly provided services. Providers must account for these changes starting Jan. 1, 2006.


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