Although there are few changes in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) 2002 that affect pediatrics, it is important for the pediatrician and staff to look at these new and revised codes (as well as the new and revised International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] codes that went into effect October 1, 2001), review their encounter form, and add the changes that will affect their practice. Although the CPT codes went into effect January 1, 2002, many carriers will not begin using the new codes until April 1. It is a good idea to ask carriers when they will begin reimbursing the new codes, which codes they will recognize, and how much they will reimburse.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) members can submit ideas for new or revised codes to the Division of Health Care Finance and Practice at 800/433-9016, ext 7931. The AAP Committee on Coding and Reimbursement...

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