CPT 2020 Newly Released Updates: New Dry Needling and Musculoskeletal add-on codes - Educate your Coders!
Apart from the 244 new, 72 revised and 68 deleted codes in next year’s CPT manual, there have been recent updates on additional code set changes that warrant a mention!
One notable addition to the updates is the new dry needling codes, also known as trigger point dry needling. Linked, yet separate is Trigger point injections, with established codes that have often been problematic for coders – so when you’re adding dry needling it may create additional confusion – be sure to prepare and be proactive. It is also important to pay particular attention to the new musculoskeletal add-on codes for drug delivery device implant and removal.
Stay ahead of the curve and make sure your coders are well versed in differentiating dry needling, trigger point injections, and acupuncture. Each year new, changed and deleted codes are released and become effective on October 1st for ICD-10-CM and January 1st for CPT. Incorporating added education and training can go a long way in helping your coders to improve accuracy. Access Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code sets here.
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