Radiology

Radiology Question for the Week of December 30, 2019

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

What would we report when a radiologist interprets images from a cholangiogram being performed in surgery?

Answer:

When a radiologist interprets images from a cholangiogram being performed in surgery, he would code 74300-26-52 for the initial set of images. If a subsequent set of images is returned for interpretation, assign code 74301-26-52. Modifier -26 is added to these codes to indicate that only the professional component is being billed. Modifier -52 indicates that a lesser service is performed, in this case, interpretation only, not supervision.

74300 Cholangiography and/or pancreatography; intraoperative, radiological supervision and interpretation
74301 Cholangiography and/or pancreatography; additional set intraoperative, radiological supervision and interpretation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

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