Ultrasound Question for the Week of January 2, 2017

Question:

Question:

Does the new HCPCS code C9744 for abdominal ultrasound with contrast equate with 76705?
C9744      Ultrasound, abdominal, with contrast
76705       Ultrasound, abdominal, real time with image documentation; limited (e.g., single organ, quadrant, follow-up)

Answer:

Answer:

In a way, yes. Generally, this will be a limited abdominal ultrasound such as is normally coded 76705. The difference is that contrast is used for better characterization of focal liver lesions. Outpatient hospitals billing under OPPS will code C9744 (on and after October 1, 2016) for this contrast exam. Physicians and non-hospital imaging centers will still bill code 76705.