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CPT code for Thermal Anal Lesions by Radiofrequency Energy


For CY 2012, the CPT Editorial Panel created new CPT code 0288T (Anoscopy, with delivery of thermal energy to the muscle of the anal canal (e.g., for fecal incontinence)) to describe the procedure associated with radiofrequency energy creation of thermal anal lesions. Prior to CY 2012, this procedure was described by HCPCS code C9716 (Creations of thermal anal lesions by radiofrequency energy). In Addendum B of the CY 2012 OPPS/ASC final rule, both HCPCS code C9716 and 0288T were assigned to specific APCs. Specifically, HCPCS code C9716 was assigned to APC 0150 (Level IV Anal/Rectal Procedures) and CPT code 0288T was assigned to APC 0148 (Level I Anal/Rectal Procedures). Because HCPCS code C9716 is described by CPT code 0288T, CMS has deleted HCPCS code C9716 on December 31, 2011 and replaced with CPT code 0288T effective January 1, 2012. In addition, CPT code 0288T has been reassigned from APC 0148 to APC 0150 effective January 1, 2012.

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