Complete vs. Limited Ultrasound

Posted Posted in Radiology

It’s no secret that many CPT® codes for ultrasounds make a distinction between a ‘limited’ exam and a ‘complete’ exam. From a coding standpoint, it’s made fairly clear that in order to report a complete exam, all required components for the complete exam must be imaged and documented.

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Radiology Question for the Week of February 12, 2018

Posted Posted in Radiology

Question:

If we have an ultrasound of the back (soft tissue) or any part of the body (not including head, neck or extremities), we use code 76999—unlisted ultrasound procedure (e.g., diagnostic, interventional). We have one today looking at a mass on the soft tissue area of the T-spine. Last week we had a soft tissue of the chest. Just making sure there is not another code you feel we should be using.