The annual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code update for 2015 includes changes in the surgery and medicine sections that will affect the services provided by pediatricians. This article will provide a brief overview of those changes. This is not inclusive of all revisions made to these sections of CPT 2015; please refer to the CPT 2015 manual for a complete listing of new codes, descriptions, and revisions.

A large section of new codes, 33946-33966, 33969, 33984-33989, has been added to CPT for reporting the initiation or daily management of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or extracorporeal life support (ECLS), with separate codes for cannula insertion, repositioning, and removal. These new codes will replace codes 33960–33961 (initial- and subsequent-day prolonged extracorporeal circulation for cardiopulmonary insufficiency) and 36822 (insertion of cannulas for prolonged extracorporeal circulation membrane oxygenation). The new codes differentiate venoarterial ECMO/ECLS from venovenous ECMO/ECLS and percutaneous from...

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