Question:

Last year I billed G0297 for low-dose CT when performing lung cancer screening. This year I’m getting an edit that this code is invalid. Did the code change?

Answer:

Yes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) asked that a permanent code be created and adapted for this. Beginning January 1, 2021, CPT® Category I code 71271 is the appropriate code to report for a screening CT of the chest for lung cancer. The three existing CT chest codes (71250 –71270), were changed to specify that they are to be diagnostic only.

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