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2015 CPT Changes to Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) / Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS)


In the CY 2014 PFS final rule with comment period, CPT codes 33960 (Prolonged extracorporeal circulation for cardiopulmonary insufficiency; initial day) and 33961 (Prolonged extracorporeal circulation for cardiopulmonary insufficiency; each subsequent day) were identified as potentially misvalued codes. Specifically, the services were originally valued when they were primarily provided to premature neonates; but the services are now typically used in treating adults with severe influenza, pneumonia, and respiratory distress syndrome. For CY 2015, CPT codes 33960 and 33961 were deleted and replaced with 25 new codes to describe this treatment.

33946 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; initiation, veno-venous

33947 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; initiation, veno-arterial

33949 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; daily management, each day, veno-arterial

33951 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; insertion of peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), percutaneous, birth through 5 years of age (includes fluoroscopic guidance, when performed)

33952 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; insertion of peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), percutaneous, 6 years and older (includes fluoroscopic guidance, when performed)

33953 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; insertion of peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), open, birth through 5 years of age

33954 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; insertion of peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), open, 6 years and older

33955 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; insertion of central cannula(e) by sternotomy or thoracotomy, birth through 5 years of age

33956 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; insertion of central cannula(e) by sternotomy or thoracotomy, 6 years and older

33957 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; reposition peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), percutaneous, birth through 5 years of age (includes fluoroscopic guidance, when performed)

33958 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; reposition peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), percutaneous, 6 years and older (includes fluoroscopic guidance, when performed)

33959 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; reposition peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), open, birth through 5 years of age (includes fluoroscopic guidance, when performed)

33962 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; reposition peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), open, 6 years and older (includes fluoroscopic guidance, when performed)

33963 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; reposition of central cannula(e) by sternotomy or thoracotomy, birth through 5 years of age (includes fluoroscopic guidance, when performed)

33964 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; reposition central cannula(e) by sternotomy or thoracotomy, 6 years and older (includes fluoroscopic guidance, when performed)

33965 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; removal of peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), percutaneous, birth through 5 years of age

33966 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; removal of peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), percutaneous, 6 years and older

33969 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; removal of peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), open, birth through 5 years of age

33984 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; removal of peripheral (arterial and/or venous) cannula(e), open, 6 years and older

33985 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; removal of central cannula(e) by sternotomy or thoracotomy, birth through 5 years of age

33986 Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo)/extracorporeal life support (ecls) provided by physician; removal of central cannula(e) by sternotomy or thoracotomy, 6 years and older

See also complete list of CPT code Changes for CY 2015

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