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PFT 2012 updates

Kerry Posted Mon 16th of January, 2012 14:31:38 PM

CPT codes 94240 and 94260 have been deleted in 2012 and replaced with codes 94726 and 94727. Does 94726 replace 94240 and 94727 replace 94260?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 17th of January, 2012 01:39:05 AM

A note in the 2012 CPT manual where 94240 was deleted states: "94240 has been deleted. To report thoracic gas volumes, see 94726, 94727." And a note in the 2012 CPT manual where 94260 was deleted states: "94260 has been deleted. To report thoracic gas volumes, see 94726, 94727."
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That would lead me to believe it isn't a one-to-one correlation between 94240 and 94726 or 94260 and 94727. It will depend on the details of the actual service the physician performs.
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Measurement of lung volumes may be performed using plethysmography, helium dilution or nitrogen washout. Plethysmography (94726) is utilized to determine total lung capacity, residual volume, functional residual capacity, and airway resistance. Nitrogen washout or helium dilution (94727) may be used to measure lung volumes, distribution of ventilation and closing volume.
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I hope this helps clariy some.
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Best,
Leesa
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