In 2003, pediatricians will find significant changes in the Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding of newborn and pediatric critical care delivered in the inpatient and transport settings. Additionally, there are some long-awaited changes to the descriptors of the pulmonary inhalation treatment codes and, as is customary, some laboratory code changes in the hematology section. Although the American Medical Association (AMA) publishes the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes each year in October, they officially went into effect on January 1, 2003. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) usually leads the charge by requiring their carriers to use the new codes on January 1, but many private carriers will delay using the new codes until as late as April 1. Therefore, it is a good idea to ask your carriers when they will begin reimbursing the new codes, which codes they will recognize, and how much they will reimburse.

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