Recent updates in medical coding

A lot of changes were observed in CPT and HCPCS Level II code by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These changes are in effect from 01 July 2019.

The Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System (ASC PS) adds on five new CPT categories III codes; one code is replacing the deleted HCPCS Level II code. One descriptor change code, payment indicator revision code and 10 different payable biological and drug HCPCS Level II codes are amongst the current changes. MM138 can be seen for the detailed changes.

Another changes done in medical coding involves variation in integrated outpatient code editor specifications (MM11298), End-stage renal disease PPS (MM11215), Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (MM11318), Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services subject to reasonable charge payment (MM11280), Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MM11293), Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Fee Schedule (MM11334) and HCPCS Drug/Biological code changes (MM11296).