Found in the Integumentary Section of CPT, codes for breast procedures saw a number of revisions for 2021. Some of the revisions centered around terminology, such as with codes 11970 and 11971 where, in both codes, the term “prosthesis” was replaced with the term “implant”. Other codes saw the term “mammary” replaced by the word “breast”.
However, there were other, more substantive changes that occurred as well. Let’s begin by looking at one of the codes that was deleted from the Repair/Reconstruction subsection for breast procedures which is code 19324. That code was for breast augmentation done without an implant. A note now directs coding professionals to use either 15771 or 15772 for fat grafting performed for breast augmentation.
Revisions of codes 19340 and 19342, which identified either immediate or delayed implantation of a breast prosthesis, now state “on same day of mastectomy” (19340) or “on separate day from mastectomy” (19342). Reference to an “immediate” or “delayed” time frame was deleted from code 19357 related to insertion of tissue expanders.
Breast reconstruction procedures performed with flaps are identified by type of flap and no longer reference implants.
19361 Breast reconstruction; latissimus dorsi flap
19364 free flap (eg. fTRAM, DIEP, SIEA, GAP flap)
19367 single-pedicled TRAM flap
19368 single-pedicled TRAM flap requiring microvascular anastomosis
19369 bipedicled TRAM flap
Notice that code 19366 has been
deleted. This code previously identified
breast reconstruction with other technique.
Code 19370, which had been for a periprosthetic capsulotomy, now includes more detail. The full definition is “Revision of peri-implant capsule, breast, including capsulotomy, capsulorrhaphy, and/or partial capsulectomy.” Similarly, peri-prosthetic capsulectomy code 19371 has been changed to read “Peri-implant capsulectomy, breast, complete, including removal of all intracapsular contents.”
The final revision in this section is added detail to code 19380 for revision of reconstructed breast. Now we have the following information as to what is included in this code “eg. significant removal of tissue, re-advancement and/or re-inset of flaps in autologous reconstruction or significant capsular revision combined with soft tissue excision in implant-based reconstruction.”
Now, light has been shed on coding breast procedures.
She recently served as the program director for Medical Coding and HIT at Eastern Gateway Community College. Dianna earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati subsequently achieving her RHIA, CHPS, and CCS certifications. She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and a a presenter at regional HIM meetings and the OHIMA Annual Meeting.