These 12 coding changes could affect your anesthesia practice in 2017

The American Medical Association's updated CPT Standard Codebook could have some serious ramifications on anesthesia practices, according to a report from Anesthesia Business Consultants.

Here are the four codes being replaced in 2017.

  • 62310 for cervical and thoracic single shot injection.
  • 62311 for lumbar single shot injection
  • 62318 for cervical or thoracic epidural catheter
  • 62310 for lumbar epidural catheter

The replacement codes vary whether or not there is imaging guidance.

The new codes with imaging guidance are:

  • 62321 for cervical and thoracic single shot injection
  • 62323 for lumbar single shot injection
  • 62325 for cervical or thoracic epidural catheter
  • 62327 for lumbar epidural catheter

The new codes without imaging guidance are

  • 62320 for cervical and thoracic single shot injection
  • 62322 for lumbar single shot injection
  • 62324 for cervical or thoracic epidural catheter
  • 62326 for lumbar epidural catheter

The national average for the Anesthesia and Resource Based Relative Value System Conversion Factors also increased for 2017.

Anesthesia will receive $22.04 and RBRVS will receive $35.87.

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