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2018 Pathology & Laboratory CPT Updates

Each year the CPT code manual is revised to delete codes and/or guidelines, and to add or revise codes to reflect current technologies, techniques, and services. As a service to our clients, APS Medical Billing has summarized those changes to facilitate accurate reporting of the affected services as of January 1, 2018. Again, the Molecular Pathology Tier 1 subsections include a number of revised codes to conform to the parent code structure and 31 new Tier 1 codes 81102-81370 have been added to report gene sequencing and analysis (Pg. 2).  There have also been revisions, additions and deletions for Tier 2 codes 81400-81406 (Pg. 6). In addition, there are changes to the Presumptive Drug Class Screening subsection (Pg. 2), the Genomic Sequencing Procedure and Other Molecular Multianalyte Assays (Pg. 6), the Multianalyte Assays with Algorithmic Analyses (Pg. 7), Chemistry (Pg. 7), Immunology (Pg. 8), Transfusion Medicine (Pg. 9), Microbiology (Pg. 9), Cytopathology (Pg. 10) and Proprietary Laboratory Analysis (Pg. 11).  Also, there is a new procedure code for a bone marrow aspirate and core when done together (Pg. 1).

The below PDF document outlines the changes made to these sections.  All new codes are highlighted in red and revised/deleted codes are noted.

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