Ultrasound Question for the Week of September 26, 2016

Question:

Question:

Our radiology technologists provide ultrasound (US) guidance for a physician to perform a thrombin injection for an extremity pseudoaneurysm. Would we charge US guidance for needle placement?

Answer:

Answer:

You would charge 76942—ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation. The hospital, either the radiology or other department, also should report the following code:

36002 Injection procedures (e.g., thrombin) for percutaneous treatment of extremity pseudoaneurysm