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Radiology Coding Alert

Reader Question:

Report Diskography RS&I per Level

Question: If our radiologist performs diskography injections at multiple levels (such as L2-3, L3-4, L4-5), I know we should report three units of 62290. But should we also report three units of the diskography radiological supervision and interpretation (RS&I), or should we report the RS&I only once per lumbar, once per thoracic, and once per cervical region?

Maine Subscriber Answer: You should report 72295 (Diskography, lumbar, radiological supervision and interpretation) per level, just as you report 62290* (Injection procedure for diskography, each level; lumbar) at one unit per level.

According to the April 2003 CPT Assistant, If the physician performed only the professional component of the diskography, then modifier -26, Professional component, should be appended to code 72295.

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