May 30, 2018

ACR Proposes Code Updates at CPT Editorial Panel

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and a coalition of radiology specialty society advisors played an active role at the May 2018 Current Procedure Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel meeting in San Antonio, TX. This was the second of three meetings to update codes for the 2020 CPT code cycle. Codes approved in 2018 go into effect January 1, 2020.

The ACR sponsored a proposal for revised fluoroscopic gastrointestinal tract imaging codes and co-sponsored codes for myocardial positron emission tomography (PET).

Presenting CPT advisors, led by Mark Alson, MD, FACR (ACR), included Andrew Degnan, MD (ACR); Timothy Crummy, MD, FACR (Radiological Society of North America); Eric Rubin, MD (American Roentgen Ray Society); Tim Swan, MD (Society of Interventional Radiology); and representatives of other specialty societies.

For calendar year 2019, a complete list of anticipated radiology code changes are posted in the March/April 2018 ACR Radiology Coding Source. Note that specific code numbers have not been assigned and wording will not be finalized until just prior to publication. The CPT 2019 Data File with specific CPT code set information is scheduled for release by the American Medical Association (AMA) in August 2018. Be sure to check the September/October 2018 issue of the ACR Radiology Coding Source for the complete finalized list of 2019 codes with descriptors pertinent to radiology.

The ACR urges its members to review and consider how the code changes may impact their practices for the coming year.