CYBERTRONICS RECEIVES AMA APPROVAL OF VNS THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
Cyberonics, Inc. announced Sept. 8 that the American Medical Association's (AMA)
CPT Editorial Panel recently approved a parenthetical cross reference in the
CPT Coding Manual directing physicians to codes 95970, 95974 and 95975 for analysis/programming
of neurostimulators, including Cyberonics' VNS Therapy System, for the treatment
of treatment-resistant depression (TRD). The parenthetic will appear in the
Other Psychiatric Services or Procedures section. According to the AMA, the
clarification of the use of the neurostimulator programming codes to include
TRD will be included in the September 2005 issue (Volume 15, Issue 9) of AMA's
CPT Assistant and will appear in the 2007 Edition of the CPT Coding Manual.
CPT Assistant, a monthly AMA newsletter, is an official tool for accurate information
on CPT Codes, Issues and Guidance.