Radiology Question for the Week of February 19, 2018

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Question:

I know that in order to bill a complete pelvic ultrasound the measurement of the uterus, adnexal structures, endometrium, and any pelvic pathology must have been assessed and documented, but do both ovaries have to be documented?

For example, the doctor says the left ovary could not be well seen and lists what he saw on the right ovary as well as the uterus and endometrium measurements. Can a pelvic complete be charged?

Radiology Question for the Week of February 12, 2018

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Question:

If we have an ultrasound of the back (soft tissue) or any part of the body (not including head, neck or extremities), we use code 76999—unlisted ultrasound procedure (e.g., diagnostic, interventional). We have one today looking at a mass on the soft tissue area of the T-spine. Last week we had a soft tissue of the chest. Just making sure there is not another code you feel we should be using.

Radiology Question for the Week of January 29, 2018

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Question:

Can a radiologist bill for the reading of a post breast biopsy/clip/wire-placement mammogram? It is usually a two-view mammogram that indicates the clip/wire placement. Prior to 2016, the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits didn’t allow, but I believe this policy was revised. If the radiologist can bill for the reading of the post breast biopsy/clip/wire placement mammogram, would it be a unilateral, diagnostic mammogram?