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Use Specific Liver Elastography Codes

Question: Sometimes when a physician refers a patient to our surgeon to assess liver fibrosis using a method such as needle core biopsy, the surgeon may recommend and perform ultrasound-based elastography instead, as a non-invasive option for certain high-risk patients. How should we code for this procedure — is it an unlisted code? Texas Subscriber Answer: No, you should not use an [...]