As Radiology Billing Specialists, MBO stays on top of upcoming and current changes that impact Radiology practices.

For 2018, you can expect to see several changes with CPT coding.

Example:

Chest Xrays with codes of 71010, 71015, 71020, 71021, 71022, 71023, 71030, 71034 & 71035 will all be deleted.  These 9 codes are expected to be replaced with 4 new codes.

Abdominal Xrays: 74000, 74010 & 74020 will be replaced with 3 new codes.

There are numerous deletions, additions and revisions affecting Interventional Radiology Coding for 2018.  Some of those include

  • Cryoblation treatment of pulmonary tumors
  • Endovascular repair Infrarenal Aorta
  • Bone marrow diagnostic procedures
  • Brachial Retrograde Artery introduction of Needle or Catheter

This summer the Economics & Health Policy eNews section of the ACR website will post an impact analysis of the 2018 code changes to help radiology and radiation oncology practices prepare for the 2018 changes. In addition, the September/October 2017 issue of the ACR Radiology Coding Source will include a list of the new 2018 codes and descriptors pertinent to radiology.

AMA will provide an early release of a downloadable version of the CPT® 2018 code book from the AMA Bookstore in August. The CMS-approved values for codes, however, will not be known until the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule is published in the Federal Register, typically in November.

Currently, codes are described by # of views.  The 2018 changes are designed to more accurately reflect view-specific exams.

Note: The AMA posts a Summary of Panel Actions that is available for public viewing. While this summary lists the code changes proposed and the actions taken by the panel, the AMA cautions that these actions are a reflection of the discussions at the most recent CPT Editorial Panel meeting. Future Panel actions may impact these items. Codes are not assigned, nor exact wording finalized, until just prior to publication. Release of this more specific CPT® code set information is timed with the release of the entire set of coding changes in the CPT publication.

Medical Business Office, Inc. (MBO) is prepared and can help your practice be compliant with the changes.  As your Medical Billing Service providing end-to-end Revenue Cycle Management Services, we are dedicated to your success.  Give us a call at 573.634.7155 and let’s discuss how we can partner together and eliminate any potential delays (or loss) of revenue.