Radiology Question for the Week of April 3, 2017

Question:

We have only been billing 78660 for a dacrocystogram. We recently received an edit that says a surgical intervention code might be needed. We use eye drops to administer the radiopharmaceutical. Do we need a surgical code, and would it be 68850?

Answer:

According to the CPT book, 68850 may be reported with code 78660; however, we would not report it when eye drops are used to administer the radiopharmaceutical since the code is for an injection.

68850 Injection of contrast medium for dacryocystography
78660 Radiopharmaceutical dacryocystography

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