Radiology

Radiology Question for the Week of September 28, 2020

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Does code 78072 include CT for both attenuation correction and anatomic localization? Can we charge separately for diagnostic CT imaging?

Answer:

This code does include CT for both attenuation correction and anatomic localization (i.e., fusion imaging). Do not charge separately for diagnostic CT imaging unless a full and complete diagnostic CT scan (i.e., not just fusion imaging) is ordered and performed. If a full and complete diagnostic CT is separately ordered, medically necessary, and performed, assign the anatomic site-specific CT code, append the CT code with modifier 59, in addition to the appropriate parathyroid imaging code.


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