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Radiology Coding Alert

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74000 Is Your Go-To KUB Code

Question:  Which code applies to a KUB interpretation following ESWL?Texas SubscriberAnswer: Code 74000 (Radiological examination, abdomen; single anteroposterior view) typically applies to a KUB (which stands for, but does not require imaging of, kidney, ureters, and bladder). Documentation should drive your final code choice, however. Append modifier 26 (Professional component) to 74000 if you need to indicate that the radiologist performed only the interpretation and report.The physician who performs the ESWL to break up kidney stones should report 50590 (Lithotripsy, extracorporeal shock wave).


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