Gastroenterology CPT and HCPCS Code Upgrades 2019

Gastroenterology CPT and HCPCS Code Upgrades 2019On September 5, 2018, the American Medical Association (AMA) released the 2019 CPT Code Set in an official press release. The main theme surrounding new codes, revised codes, and deleted codes is to increase specificity. This is a good time to understand what has changed and how it may affect your medical practice moving forward. Gastroenterology billing and coding is both complex and challenging, and perhaps nothing else has such a huge impact on your revenue cycle. Accurate, efficient billing and coding can accelerate your billing cycle and increase revenues, while mistakes in this area can result in lost revenues due to paybacks, denials, and under-coding.

Some of the new GI billing and coding changes for 2019 include:

Acute appendicitis with generalized peritonitis (changes for greater specificity)

K35.20 – Acute appendicitis with generalized peritonitis, without an abscess

K35.21 – Acute appendicitis with generalized peritonitis, with an abscess

Acute appendicitis with localized peritonitis (changes for greater specificity)

K35.30 – Acute appendicitis with localized peritonitis, without gangrene or perforation

K35.31 – Acute appendicitis with localized peritonitis and gangrene, without any perforation

K35.32 – Acute appendicitis with perforation and localized peritonitis, without an abscess

K35.33 – Acute appendicitis with perforation and localized peritonitis, with an abscess

Ischiorectal abscesses (changes for greater specificity)

K61.31 – Horseshoe abscess

K61.39 – Other ischiorectal abscess

K80 Cholelithiasis Series (some new instructions

Use additional code if it is applicable for any associated gallbladder gangrene (K82.A1), or gallbladder perforation (K82.A2)

Disorders of the gallbladder in diseases classified elsewhere (there are new codes)

K82.A1 – Gangrene of the gallbladder in cholecystitis

K82.A2 – Perforation of the gallbladder in cholecystitis

Gastroenterology CPT Codes

2018: Gastroenterology CPT Codes 2019: Gastroenterology CPT Codes
43760 Change Gastrostomy Tube Percutaneous w/o Guidance 43762 Replacement Of Gastrostomy Tube, Percutaneous, Includes Removal, When Performed, Without Imaging Or Endoscopic Guidance; Not Requiring Revision Of Gastrostomy Tract
43763 Replacement Of Gastrostomy Tube, Percutaneous, Includes Removal, When Performed, Without Imaging Or Endoscopic Guidance; Not Requiring Revision Of Gastrostomy Tract

Gastroenterology HCPCS Codes

2018: Gastroenterology HCPCS Codes 2019: Gastroenterology CPT Code
No Code in 2018 Q5103 Injection, Infliximab-dyyb, Biosimilar (Inflectra), 10 Mg
No Code in 2018 Q5104 Injection, Infliximab-dyyb, Biosimilar (Renflexis), 10 Mg
No Code in 2018 Q5109 Injection, Infliximab-qbtx, Biosimilar (Ixifi), 10 Mg

With so many complexities and regular billing and coding changes, gastroenterology practices often benefit from help from an expert. Outsourcing your GI billing and coding to a quality medical billing company that has experienced, certified professionals can help your practice ensure clean claim submission in order to reduce denials and maximize your practice revenue. MBC specializes in GI billing and coding, works with all practice management software, and can provide your practice with the accuracy needed to keep the revenue cycle moving while increasing revenues. To learn more about how we can help your gastroenterology practice deal with billing challenges and improve revenue, contact MBC today.

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