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2016 - New CPT codes for Arthrocentesis


20604 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, small joint or bursa (eg, fingers, toes); with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting
(Do not report 20600, 20604 in conjunction with 76942) (If fluoroscopic, CT, or MRI guidance is performed, see 77002, 77012, 77021)

20606 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, intermediate joint or bursa (eg, temporomandibular, acromioclavicular, wrist, elbow or ankle, olecranon bursa); with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting

20611 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, major joint or bursa (eg, shoulder, hip, knee, subacromial bursa); with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting (Do not report 20610, 20611 in conjunction with 27370, 76942) (If fluoroscopic, CT, or MRI guidance is performed, see 77002, 77012, 77021)

The above three new codes (20604, 20606 and 20611) describe ultrasound imaging guidance as an inclusive component of arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection of a joint or bursa. Fluoroscopicguided arthrocentesis will remain component coded. Revisions were made to 20605 and 20610 to denote the procedures are performed without ultrasound guidance.

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