2013 CPT CODE AND PHYSICIAN WORK RVU CHANGES FOR NEURORADIOLOGY

There are several CPT coding and Medicare physician work relative value units (RVU) changes for neuroradiology for 2013 (effective January 1, 2013).

The CPT Coding changes and/or reimbursement changes include: cervical spine radiography, cervicocerebral angiography, 3d reconstruction, thyroid imaging, parathyroid imaging and transcatheter therapy.
For details on the coding changes and physician work RVUs, please click here »

The AMA CPT Editorial Panel is responsible for maintaining the CPT nomenclature by revising, modifying or updating the CPT codes, descriptors, rules and guidelines. Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR is the ASNR CPT Advisor and Raymond K. Tu, MD is the ASNR Alternate CPT Advisor.

The AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) is a multispecialty physician panel responsible for making Medicare reimbursement recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Historically, over 90% of the RUC recommendations for physician work RVUs have been accepted by the CMS for their fee schedule. Other payers often use the CMS fee schedule as well when determining their respective fee schedules. Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, FACR, FSIR is the ASNR RUC Advisor and Gregory N. Nicola, MD is the ASNR Alternate RUC Advisor.

The ASNR sends both physician and staff representation to every AMA RUC meeting and also every AMA CPT Editorial Panel meeting. Each of these AMA panels meet three times per year. The ASNR was actively involved in the CPT and RUC Process for the neuroradiology code families which were revised for CY2013. The ASNR benefits tremendously from our continued involvement in the RUC and CPT processes.

A core component of the RUC process is the standardized RUC survey instrument, which compares reviewed codes with established codes. In order for the ASNR to make strong recommendations to the AMA RUC panel on physician work and to ensure appropriate payment for CPT codes, it is crucial that you participate in RUC Surveys if you receive them.

Thank you to the ASNR members who volunteer their time to drive both these and other important functions of the society! Also, thank you to ASNR Members who have completed past RUC Surveys!

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