Thursday, October 14, 2010

CPT symbols of CPT reference coding books

CPT Symbols

Here are the symbols commonly used in CPT reference coding books:
  • - Bullet to the left of the code denotes this is a new code that's never been used before.

    Triangle - Located to the left of the code indicates the code description has been revised in the current edition of the CPT. Two Horizontal Triangles - These are around notes that have been revised.
      ;  - Semi-colon in a CPT description denotes that everything to the left of the semi-colon is applicable to the indented shorter descriptions following. 
    * - Asterisk or star shows after minor surgery codes to show preoperative and postoperative services are included and means the package or global surgery is not applicable. These procedures are usually paid as fee-for-service.
      + - Plus symbol identifies add-on codes usually performed at the same time and by the same provider as the primary procedure. There are usually notes in parenthesis to indicate the primary code(s) that these apply to. Circle with line through it - Means modifier -51 is not assigned to the code and are not add-on procedures. Lightning Bolt - Indicates product is pending FDA approval. Dot surrounded by Circle - Denotes moderate sedation.
These symbols critical to your evaluation of new codes

Red Dot New code Revised code Revised text

 + Add-on code that should not be used alone 

 # Resequenced code -  The number symbol – Resequenced, out of numerical order


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