Radiology Question for the Week of January 11, 2016

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A two-view chest (AP and lateral) was performed along with an expiration view. I think that this would now be billed as 71035 instead of 71020. Is that correct?  

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The AP (inspiration) and lateral views still would be assigned code 71020.  An expiration AP or PA view is considered a separate, special view and would be assigned 71035. 

71020 Radiologic examination, chest, 2 views, frontal and lateral;

71035 Radiologic examination, chest, special views (e.g., lateral decubitus, Bucky studies)

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