Introducing new additions to CPT for 2013:
There was only one change to the Integumentary System chapter and it is a revision to code 15740:
15740: Flap; island pedicle requiring identification and dissection
of an anatomically named axial vessel
A pedicle flap consists of a full thickness of skin and subcutaneous tissue, attached by vessels through which it receives its blood supply. The blood vessel is usually tunneled underneath the skin and sutured into its new position. The revision was done in an effort to clearly describe an island pedicle flap that includes an axial vessel.
There were only two new codes added to the Digestive System for CPT 2013:
43206: Esophagoscopy, rigid or flexible; with optical endomicroscopy
43252: Upper GI endoscopy including esophagus, stomach, and either the duodenum and/or jejunum as appropriate; with optical endomicroscopy
The new digestive system codes are in place to address a new technology, optical endomicroscopy. Endomicroscopy is a technique for obtaining histologic-like images from inside the human body in real time, a process known as optical biopsy. The endomicroscope is attached to the regular scope and uses laser light to magnify the cells being scrutinized.