CPT 2017 Summary of Changes

Because 2017 is right around the corner, like every New Year, we have CPT changes to review. You can use the link below to access a spreadsheet containing new/deleted codes that correspond with the chapters in the CPT manual. The spreadsheet is tabbed by specialty or system where applicable. This should make it easier for you to determine new and deleted codes specific to your specialty. There is also a tab for revised codes which includes a column outlining the revisions.

Moderate Sedation:

The summary of CPT codes that include moderate (conscious) sedation (Appendix G) has been removed. Codes that were formally included in Appendix G have been revised, removing the moderate conscious sedation symbol. This removes moderate sedation from the service.

There are now six new codes for conscious sedation for use beginning 1/1/2017. To report moderate (conscious) sedation provided by a physician also performing the service for which the sedation is being provided, see codes 99151 – 99153. To report moderate sedation services provided by a physician or other qualified health care professional other than the physician or other qualified health care professional performing the service for which the sedation is being provided, see codes 99155 – 99157.

Be sure to read the descriptors of each of the codes as they relate to the patient’s age and intraservice time.

Appendix P and New Modifier 95

Modifier 95 was added to allow reporting of synchronous telemedicine services. These services must be rendered via a real-time interactive audio and video telecommunications system.

Appendix P has been added, listing CPT codes that may be used for reporting synchronous telemedicine services when appended by Modifier 95. For Example you can now code 99213 with modifier 95 to indicate that the EM service provided was done as a telemedicine service.

Summary of changes:

  • There are a total of 117 new CPT codes
  • There are a total of 34 Revises CPT codes
  • There are a total of 82 deleted CPT codes

Summary of changes by CPT Sections:

  • Evaluation and Management
    • Deleted code – 1
  • Surgery section:
    • Integumentary
      • Deleted – 1
    • Musculoskeletal
      • New – 11
      • Deleted – 8
      • Revised – 6
  • Respiratory
    • New – 9
    • Deleted – 5
    • Revised – 8
  • Cardiovascular
    • New- 19
    • Deleted- 11
    • Revised- 5
  • Digestive
    • New- 2
    • Revised- 3
  • Female Genital System
    • New- 1
    • New- 9
    • Deleted- 4
    • Revised- 1
  • Eye and Ocular Adnexa
    • Revised- 2
  • Radiology
  • New- 4
    • Deleted- 11
    • Revised- 2
  • Pathology
    • New- 11
    • Deleted- 9
    • Revised- 6
  • Medicine Section
    • New- 27
    • Deleted- 13
    • Revised- 29
  • Category III
    • New- 23
    • Deleted- 18
    • Revised- 5

Please CLICK HERE to access: 2017 CPT Codes New-Deleted-Revised 12/15/16