Radiology Question for the Week of February 27, 2017

Question:

If a different physician or physician group is doing the nuclear medicine study on the same day, can an interventional radiologist bill anything for the injection of MAA [technetium tc-99m macroaggregated albumin]?

Answer:

Even if the doctor is in a different group, the injection of radiopharmaceuticals is not separately billable, plus injection of medications during an interventional radiology procedure would not be separately coded either, which means no charge.

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