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Put PLA Questions to Rest With August AMA CPT® Assistant

Proprietary Laboratory Analyses (PLA) codes are a different animal in the AMA CPT® world, with quarterly updates to make it easier to keep lab coding up to date. The August issue of the AMA CPT® Assistant newsletter walks you through what PLA codes describe, their placement in a non-Category I sub-section of the Path/Lab section, the code structure, and how to apply for and use the codes.

This issue also contains articles on diabetes prevention program coding, MAAA codes for prostate oncology (giving path/lab coders more to read), and clarification of osteopathic manipulative treatment. To find these articles from vol. 28, issue 8, on TCI SuperCoder’s Code Connect, search these codes and keywords:

  • Diabetes prevention program coding: 98960-98962, 0403T, 0488T
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment: 98925-98929
  • PLA codes: 88380, 88381, 0002U
  • Prostate oncology MAAA: 81541, 81551.

You’ll find a collection of answers for multiple specialties in the FAQ section of AMA CPT® Assistant. Check for these codes and keywords in TCI SuperCoder’s Code Connect to see the guidance in the August issue:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: 22551, 22552, 52
  • Arteriovenous fistula excision: 35903
  • Cervical spine radiologic examination: 72040
  • Integumentary flap: 15734, 52, 58
  • Laparoscopic liver biopsy: 47379, 49321
  • Nervous system surgery: 61322, 64555, 64590, 64999, 62
  • Pain fiber nerve conduction study: 95907-95913, 95999
  • Percutaneous PFO closure: 93799.