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Pediatric Coding Alert

CPT® 2013:

New Pediatric Transport Codes Will Help Ease Your Coding Stress

Plus: Changes throughout CPT's E/M section bring non-physicians to the forefront. If your pediatrician aims to promote well-rounded primary care, CPT® helps out in 2013, with the addition of several codes for transitional care, care coordination, and patient transport. Last month, Pediatric Coding Alert updated you about the upcoming vaccine changes that will impact your pediatric practice in 2013. This month, you'll find a whole lot more to cheer about with additional news regarding how the new edition of CPT® effective Jan. 1 will help you code more accurately. CPT® Tweaks E/M Verbiage Many pediatric practices use E/M codes more often than any other code series in CPT®, and you'll find revised descriptors for the vast majority of these codes in 2013. Whereas most E/M codes previously referred to "physicians" and "providers" in their descriptors, that will change effective Jan.1, when the descriptors will instead say "qualified [...]

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