Radiology Coding Alert

CCI: 72141-72158 Lead MRI and MRA Edits Added July 1

- Published on Thu, Aug 04, 2011

70370, 70371 edit teaches the importance of checking additions and deletions.

Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) version 17.2, which took effect July 1, offers 2,367 new edit pairs and deletes 336 bundles, according to an analysis by Frank Cohen, MPA, MBB, principal and senior analyst with The Frank Cohen Group, LLC.

We've sorted through the new and deleted pairs, discovering changes affecting speech and swallowing studies, MRI and MRA scans, and spinal studies.

70370, 70371 Edit Change Has a Twist

You may not use 70370 (Radiologic examination; pharynx or larynx, including fluoroscopy and/or magnification technique) much these days, but it presents an interesting lesson on CCI edits: You can't assume that an edit deletion means you may report the two codes involved together. Sometimes, when CCI deletes an edit, it creates a new edit for the same codes but swaps the column each code falls in.


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