Radiology Question for the Week of May 23, 2016

Question:

If we do a solid and liquid gastric emptying study on different days, may we charge 78264 twice (once for each date of service)?

Answer:

According to CPT Assistant, December 2015, if one is performed and then on a later date it is determined that the other is needed, 78264 would be reported for each exam (78264 x 2). However, this should be rare since in most cases it is known that both will be needed prior to the start of the first study and both should be performed on the same day (dual-phase imaging protocol).

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