HCR220 Describing CPT coding categories

HCR220 Describing CPT coding categories - optional and are...

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There are three categories to the CPT codes. Category I, Category II, and Category III.  Buzzwords to use for the three CPT code categories are common, optional, and temporary.  Since Category I is the most used category we can refer to it by common codes. Category II is  an optional code and Category III is temporary codes. Category I codes have five digits with no decimals. These codes represent procedures that are  consistent with contemporary medical practice and are widely performed. These codes are used  by doctors and by most outpatient providers. Category I codes are updated annually and are  broken down into six sections: 1. Evaluation and Management 2. Anesthesiology 3. Surgery 4. Radiology 5. Pathology and Laboratory 6. Medicine An example of Category I: 99253 Initial inpatient consultation Category II codes are used to track performance measures for a medical goal. These codes are 
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Unformatted text preview: optional and are not paid by insurance carriers. Category II codes contain an alphabetic character for the fifth digit. An example of Category II: 0002F Tobacco use, smoking, assessed Category III codes are temporary codes used for emerging technology, services, and procedures. These codes also use alphabetic codes for the fifth digit. Example of Category III: 0058T Cryopreservation, reproductive tissue, ovarian To better explain this to the employees Category I (common) are used for everything we code, Category II (optional) is only used to track our performance measures and do not have to be used, Category III (temporary) is used for emerging technology, services, and procedures....
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