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Orthopedic Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
X-Ray Coding Rules

Question: For an x-ray that included three shoulder views, our coder reported 73020 (one view) with modifier 59 appended and 73030 (two views minimum) to cover all three views. Is this accurate? Arkansas Subscriber Answer: No. The minimum view requirement is the key to selecting the most appropriate x-ray code. Do this: You should report 73030 (Radiologic examination, shoulder; complete, [...]