AAOS Now – January 2017
by Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA
Every autumn, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) book is updated with changes for the next year. In 2016, minimal changes were made, possibly due to the implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD-10) and a desire to not overload physician practices. In a prior article, 2017 changes for the spine area were presented. (See “2017 Spine CPT Code Changes,” AAOS Now, November 2016.) This column points out the CPT changes made for the foot and toes region.
In summary, effective Jan. 1, 2017, two new codes—28291 and 28295—have been established to report bunionectomy procedures, three codes—28290, 28293, and 28294—have been deleted, and six codes—28289, 28292, 28296, 28297, 28298, and 28299—have been revised.