As a report from the American Academy of Pain Medicine points out, the new codes are the result of a request by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) for a review of the codes for epidural injection procedures. CMS pointed out that the injection procedures were usually reported in conjunction with fluoroscopic guidance (code 77003). This led the American Academy of Pain Medicine and several other professional medical associations to create separate codes for injection services provided with and without imaging guidance for each type of injection and anatomic area. As of January 1, 2017, CPT codes 77003, 77012, 76942 or any other guidance codes should not be reported in addition to epidural injections.
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