Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Very Brief Blog: AMA Posts CPT Lab Codes for September Meeting

AMA holds 3 CPT meetings per year and posts the proposed codes in advance for public comment.   Lab codes are posted about 2 months ahead of the meeting, so comments are in before several AMA subcommittees meet.   Other CPT codes are posted about a six weeks before the meeting.

On July 16, 2019, AMA posted for comment the CPT lab codes for the Seattle meeting September 26-28.    (By July 19, AMA should also post current pending PLA code applications, too.)
  • See the AMA CPT PDF (with comment instructions) here.   
You can get a copy of the application form for comment, but you must meet AMA criteria as being an interested stakeholder directly affected by the code proposal.

I very briefly summarize the codes below.  See PDF for more details.  Note that in some cases, different applicants may submit for codes with related descriptors; whether that has happened to any of these, I'm not sure.

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Four Tier 1 codes (SF3B1, etc)

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Tier 1 NTRK

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SF3B1 common variants

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Tier 2 to Tier 1 for TP53

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Tier 2 to Tier 1 for MPL

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Tier 2 to Tier 1 for JAK2

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Tier 2 to Tier 1 for IGH-BLC2

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Tier 2 to Tier 1 for CCD1-IGH

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GSP for Epilepsy Panel

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GSP to remove RNA from 81445 and add new code

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MAAA for Melanoma recurrence

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Wound pathogens by PCR

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Infectious agents UTI's by STI (sexually transmitted)

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PCR, Nail pathogens

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Antibiotic resistance testing

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PLA Instructions.  Instructions on when to revise code text and when to use new code.

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PCR for non-sexual UTI pathogens