2013 Orthopaedic-Related CPT Code Updates

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

The 2013 CPT Manual includes few new orthopaedic surgical CPT code changes, but many guideline changes. One clarification throughout the manual, especially in the E&M and Modifier sections, relates to the term “physician.” Not only medical doctors can use these codes and report these services; “other qualified healthcare professionals” such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners use the same codes.

This article addresses key orthopaedic-related changes. Always refer to the entire CPT Manual for the full list of revisions, deletions, and additions.

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