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Tackle Path/Lab Tech Advances and More With Guidance From the July 2019 CPT® Assistant
2019-08-23

Since 2012, molecular pathology Tier1 and Tier 2 CPT® codes have exploded from 191 codes to 752. Path/lab coders also have the unique task of understanding the relatively new subsections of codes for multianalyte assays with algorithmic analyses (MAAAs) and genomic sequencing procedures (GSPs). To help keep coders’ skills current with the latest services, the July 2019 AMA CPT® Assistant explores the 2019 changes to these specialty codes.

Changing technology factors into more of the articles in this recent issue, too. To add to your coding knowledge, search for these codes and keywords from CPT® Assistant, vol. 29, issue 7, on TCI SuperCoder’s Code Connect:

  • Drug-eluting stent, sinus: 31237, 31299, 0406T, 0407T
  • Genomic sequencing, molecular pathology, MAAA: 81236, 81237, 81243, 81244, 81287, 81305, 81306, 81320, 81327, 81329, 81333, 81336, 81337, 81345, 81400, 81401, 81403-81405, 81407, 81443, 81518, 81596, 0001M, 0011M-0013M
  • Office visit evaluation and management, 2021
  • Robot-assisted gynecologic surgery: 56405-59899, S2900, 22.

The FAQs in the July issue offer authoritative AMA insights into a variety of scenarios. Search TCI SuperCoder’s Code Connect for answers related to these topics:

  • Cannulation, vein, artery, cardiac: 35226, 35286
  • Evaluation and management, emergency physician, observation: 99217-99220, 99224-99226, 99281-99285, 99291-99292
  • Implanted strip electrode removal, subdural: 61531, 61535, 64999
  • Influenza vaccine: 90689
  • Nasal swell body reduction: 30117, 30520, 30801, 30802
  • Osteophyte bone removal, synovectomy: 26160, 26235, 26236, 51
  • Subglottic scar band excision: 31541
  • TENS instruction: 64550, 97014, 97032.