The 2010 changes to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) are effective for reporting services provided on or after January 1, 2010. Significant changes in-clude more specific language to differentiate a consultation from a transfer of care, new guidelines for reporting non-face-to-face prolonged physician services, substantial changes to the integumentary system codes and definitions in the surgery section of CPT, and new codes for pediatric pulmonary function tests. Other important changes include the introduction of new Category II (performance measures) codes for pediatric end-stage renal disease and HIV/AIDS.

This issue of AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter™ addresses CPT 2010 changes to the instructions and guidelines, evaluation and management (E/M) services, and medicine sections of CPT. Next month’s issue will outline the changes made to the surgical section and Category II CPT codes.

Code revisions, code deletions, and new codes provided within this issue include those services most often performed and reported...

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