Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Radiology Question for the Week of November 19, 2018

Posted Posted in Radiology

Question:

I would like a second opinion on billing for a limited extremity ultrasound (US) and an aspiration with US guidance. These are documented on the same report without separation. I feel that although the criteria for a limited 76882 are met (i.e., imaging of the joint and showing effusion), the procedure is really performed for needle placement, which would make it inclusive. Could you please review the report below and give me your opinion?

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.