Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Radiology Question for the Week of July 26, 2021

Posted Posted in Radiology

Question:

If “MIP” is stated within the documentation, is that enough to support billing for 3D post-processing? If so, if the location that performed the Technical Component of this exam was not part of the official registry and an independent group of radiologists interpreted and billed for the professional reads for these studies is the radiology group at risk of potentially having to reimburse CMS (Medicare) for the services related to this code?

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Radiology Question for the Week of July 19, 2021

Posted Posted in Radiology

Question:

What is meant by the term, “independent workstation,” in the descriptors for CPT codes 76376, 3D rendering with interpretation and reporting of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, or other tomographic modality with image postprocessing under concurrent supervision; not requiring image postprocessing on an independent workstation, and 76377, 3D rendering with interpretation and reporting of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, or other tomographic modality with image postprocessing under concurrent supervision; requiring image postprocessing on an independent workstation?

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Radiology Question for the Week of June 28, 2021

Posted Posted in Radiology

Question:

I am confused about an answer regarding an ultrasound arthritis survey. It has been stated that when multiple joints are imaged ipsilaterally by ultrasound to report an unlisted code. However, if the physician completes 76881 bilaterally questioning arthritis, that would be 76881-50 or RT, LT, because it is not ipsilateral. Is that your understanding as well? Is there more information that you would have on the issue that you could direct me to?

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Radiology Question for the Week of June 21, 2021

Posted Posted in Radiology

Question:

Our physician from nuclear medicine wants to charge a consult when he meets with the patients before doing leutathera treatments. He states that he has to see the patient and review their labs and make sure that the plan of care from oncology is something that the patient is able to withstand. Sometimes after the review of this information, he will change the plan of care.
I’m not sure if this visit is something that would be included with the administration of the therapy (I’m thinking the CPT would be 79101?) Do you have any input on whether a consult would be something that would be medically necessary for him to provide the treatment? He thinks it is medically necessary for him to meet with the patient and review all of their labs before he could approve their therapy. He stated that he had spent 40 minutes with the patient that he had yesterday. To me, I would think this would be included with the therapy, but I don’t find anything in writing that I can point to.