October 25, 2006
The 2007 CPT Code books are now available. The American Medical Association has released the new 2007 CPT Code Books that include new, revised, and deleted Nuclear Medicine Codes. Changes proposed by the Society of Nuclear Medicine have been made to clarify existing codes to accurately reflect current diagnostic practices as well as to delete codes that are obsolete and are no longer performed according to current practice standards. Some of the important changes include:
Genitourinary System imaging codes, 78700, 78701, 78707, 78708, 78709, and 78710, were revised to include greater clarity between the codes:
In addition to the above Genitourinary System clarifications and deletions, code 78730 was revised to become an add-on to code 78740 to reflect the original intent for use in conjunction with the assessment of ureteral reflux. Parenthetical instructions provide cross-references for additional clarity regarding the use of code 51798 and 76857. Code 78760 was deleted and code 78761 was revised to reflect both imaging and vascular flow since testicular imaging is never performed without an initial vascular flow study.
Other important changes that impact nuclear medicine include revisions to codes 76376 and 76377 which describe 3-D rendering of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and other tomographic modalities with and without image post processing on an independent workstation:
The above CPT code changes are effective January 1, 2007 and you will need to make changes to your charge masters to reflect these revisions prior to the effective date as the elimination of the 90-day grace period continues in effect.