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Ask a Rev Cycle Expert: Is CPT® 71271 replacing HCPCS G0297?

Question:

CPT® 71271 is a new code for 2021: CT, thorax, low dose for lung cancer screening without contrast material. HCPCS code G0297 is the current code: Low dose CT scan for lung cancer screening. Is 71271 replacing G0297 for 2021?

Answer:

Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) G0297 Low dose CT scan (LDCT) for lung cancer screening will be deleted at the end of the year, according to the HCPCS file that was published yesterday. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 71271 Computed tomography, thorax, low dose for lung cancer screening, without contrast material(s) is intended to be the replacement code, effective January 1, 2021.

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