Nuclear Medicine Question for the Week of July 4, 2016

Question:

Question:

If we do solid and liquid gastric emptying studies on different days, may we charge 78264 twice (one for each date of service)?

78264

Gastric emptying imaging study (e.g., solid, liquid, or both);

Answer:

Answer:

According to CPT Assistant, December 2015, if one such study is performed, and then on a later date it is determined that the other is needed, 78264 would be reported for each exam (78264 x 2). However, this should be rare, because in most cases it will be determined and prescribed, prior to the start of the first study, that both will be needed, and in that case both should be performed on the same day (dual-phase imaging protocol)..