The American Medical Association’s annual update of the Current Procedural Terminology codes and descriptions was recently released. Each year after the publication of the new CPT book, ACEP’s Coding and Nomenclature Advisory Committee provides a summary of the most relevant CPT changes for emergency medicine.
Of note for 2010, the musculoskeletal subsection has been greatly expanded to include new guidelines defining procedures related to excision of subcutaneous and other soft-tissue tumors.
A total of 41 new codes have been added. In addition, there is a new code (29581) to report the application of a multilayer venous wound compression system.