Each year brings a change of season from summer to fall that produces new color and transitions us to the new year ahead. The Physicians’ Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) world has its own change of season—a change of color for the American Medical Association (AMA) manual (from green to red this year) and a flurry of new codes for use in the year ahead. Like leaves shed from trees that cover our lawns, old codes need to be swept from our superbills. This issue of Pediatric Coding Companion presents coding changes for 2004; we encourage you to take time to review your superbill (and perhaps your fee schedule in general), discard CPT as well as diagnosis codes that have been deleted, and add new codes that will best serve the needs of your practice. Because diagnosis (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification) codes are released in...

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