May 16, 2019

ACR Presents Three Code Proposals at AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and an alliance of radiology specialty societies presented the following code proposals at the May 2019 American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedure Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel meeting in Chicago:

  • Computed tomography for lung cancer screening
  • Medical physics dose evaluation
  • Editorial revision to the X-ray of the acute abdomen series code

This was the second of three meetings to update codes for the 2021 CPT code cycle. Codes approved in 2019 go into effect January 1, 2021.

Presenting CPT advisors were Mark Alson, MD, FACR (ACR); Timothy Crummy, MD, FACR (Radiological Society of North America); Eric Rubin, MD (American Roentgen Ray Society); Dana Smetherman, MD (ARRS) and representatives of other specialty societies. The ACR extended special thanks to content experts Debra Dyer, MD (National Jewish Health); Ella Kazerooni, MD (University of Michigan Medical Center); Richard Morin, PhD (Mayo Clinic) and Mahadevappa Mahesh, PhD (Johns Hopkins University).

For calendar year 2020, a complete list of anticipated radiology code changes is posted in the March/April 2019 ACR Radiology Coding SourceTM . Note that specific code numbers have not been assigned and wording will not be finalized until just prior to publication.

The CPT 2020 Data File with specific CPT code set information is scheduled for release by the AMA in August 2019. Be sure to check the September/October 2019 issue of the ACR Radiology Coding Source for the complete finalized list of 2020 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.