The American Medical Association’s Editorial Panel approved new CPT hematology codes for blood counts effective January 1, 2003. The coding changes include changes to the description of several codes that are already included in the blood count national coverage determination (NCD), deletion of six codes in the NCD (85021, 85022, 85023, 85024, 85590 and 85595) and the addition of three new codes (85004, 85032, and 85049). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) will evaluate whether or not to add these new codes to the blood count NCD.
January 28, 2003
Formal request accepted by CMS.