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Add up Aspiration and Injections During Arthrocentesis

Question: When our physician performed arthrocentesis of the left shoulder, he performed an aspiration and then injected Kenalog. He used ultrasound guidance during the procedure. Should I report the procedure with two units of the code (20611x2 - one for aspiration and the other for the injection) or only unit of the code? New York Subscriber Answer: You are correct in choosing [...]