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Neurology & Pain Management Coding Alert

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Reporting Joint Aspiration/Injections

Question: Encounter notes indicate that the physician performed a knee aspiration and a knee injection of the same joint. The aspiration utilized ultrasound guidance, but the injection did not; how should I code this encounter? Kentucky Subscriber Answer: In circumstances where the provider treats the same joint is twice, you should only apply one injection/aspiration code. This becomes slightly trickier [...]