Radiology Question for the Week of October 31, 2016

Question:

Question:

We did bilateral rib x-rays with a posteroanterior chest and assigned 71111. We also did an apical lordotic view of the chest. Would CPT® code 71035 be assigned for the stand-alone apical lordotic view? OR would it be assigned CPT® code 71010 with modifier 59 or XU added?

Answer:

Answer:

The following would be the appropriate codes:

71035 Radiologic examination, chest, special views (e.g., lateral decubitus, Bucky studies)
71111 Radiologic examination, ribs, bilateral; including posteroanterior chest, minimum of 4 views

Currently, there is no national correct coding initiative (CCI) edit when submitting these two codes together, so no modifier is needed.