Radiology

Radiology Question for the Week of January 25, 2021

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

A CT of the head without contrast is performed in the morning, and a CT of the head with contrast is performed on the same day in the afternoon. Is it correct to code this scenario using 70450 with 70460 separately accompanied by modifier 59, or choose just 70470?

Answer:

70470 is the correct code choice for this scenario because it represents both encounters on the same day. Currently, there is a “0” edit between 70450 and 70460 that cannot be bypassed with a modifier.