Radiology Question for the Week of August 15, 2016

Question:

Question:

I am still confused about the new hip x-ray codes, which all state “with pelvis when performed.” Does the pelvis count as a separate view, or do we only count the actual hip views to determine the appropriate code?

Answer:

Answer:

The pelvis view, when performed, is counted as an additional view. The fall 2015 issue of Clinical Examples in Radiology, which is co-published by the American Medical Association and the American College of Radiology (ACR) includes the following instructions:

“The total number of views is calculated by adding the number of hip views plus the number of pelvis views. For example, when one view of a unilateral hip is performed, code 73501 should be reported. However, if the study is performed along with one view of the pelvis, this is a total of two views and, therefore, the correct CPT code to report the study is 73502.”