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Orthopedic Coding Alert

READER QUESTIONS:

Number of X-Ray Views May Not Drive Units

Question: How many foot x-ray views must we take to bill 73620 and 73630? And should we use the number of views to calculate how many units of the code we can report?


Mississippi Subscriber


Answer: Code 73620 (Radiologic examination, foot; two views) requires a minimum of two foot views, whereas 73630 (Radiologic examination, foot; complete, minimum of three views) requires at least three views.

You should not translate the number of views that your x-ray technologist takes into the number of units that you can report. You should select your x-ray code based on the number of views taken and report it as only one unit.

For example, if your practice x-rays the left foot with four views, you should report 73630-LT (Left side).


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