By Mary LeGrand, RN, MA ,CCS-P,CPC
Significant changes to orthopaedic-related codes and guidelines
The orthopaedic-related Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and guideline changes for 2011 are significant. Surgeons and coders should pay special attention to the new, revised, and deleted codes and introductory guideline changes, as well as the new “Coding Tips” throughout the 2011 CPT manual. This article reviews selected orthopaedic code changes for 2011.