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?
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.”