Introducing the 2009 CPT code updates

By Mary LeGrand, RN, MA-CCS-P, CPC

Reading the new Current Procedure Terminology (CPT®) 2009 can be a daunting challenge, but is necessary to ensure that you and your staff are aware of new and revised CPT codes and Guideline instructional changes. This article focuses on new CPT and HCPCS codes applicable to ortho­paedics (exclusive of changes to the evaluation and management codes); you should review the entire CPT 2009 for changes that may affect your individual practice.

Fractures and “G” codes
Good news for trauma surgeons—CPT 2009 includes a guideline change for codes 27215, 27216, 27217, and 27218 identifying these four pelvic bone fracture patterns (with or without pelvic ring disruption) as unilateral procedures.

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