2013 CPT Coding Changes for Cardiologists

3D HeartThe trend continues in 2013 for modifications to the cardiology CPT codes.  Of particular interest are the changes to the coronary angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy codes.  CPT codes 92980, 92981, 92982, 92984, 92995, and 92996 will no longer be used.  They will be replaced with 13 new codes which will help classify your services as follows.

  • Angioplasty, atherectomy, and/or stent placement
  • Single major coronary artery or branch vs. each additional branch
  • Native artery vs. coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Chronic total occlusion (CTO)
  • Service performed during acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

 In addition to the coronary revascularization changes, cardiologists will see changes in how they code for the following:

  • Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Cervical, Cerebral, and Carotid Angiography
  • Transcatheter Foreign Body Removal
  • Transcatheter Therapy Infusion
  • Mechanical Thrombectomy
  • EP Studies

 As 2013 gets closer I plan to provide more information about these changes and possibly an analysis of the financial impact of these changes.  Stay tuned and thanks for visiting our website!