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Radiology Coding Alert

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73600-52 Describes 1-View Ankle

Question:Documentation shows AP view of one ankle. May I report 73600 for this one view? MemberAnswer:Code 73600 (Radiologic examination, ankle; 2 views) is the correct code. But because documentation shows only one view, you should append modifier 52 (Reduced services) to the code.AMA CPT® guidelines explain that you use modifier 52 when the physician partially reduces or eliminates a service or procedure at his discretion.

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