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Dawnde Posted Tue 21st of January, 2014 15:04:21 PM

Can I use this code instead of 72070,72040 and 72100.

SuperCoder Answered Fri 24th of January, 2014 08:16:17 AM

It’s possible, and many coders report their payers require it. But be sure the service performed matches 72010, which specifies AP and lateral views.

CPT Assistant, Jan. 2007:
“CPT code 72010, Radiologic examination, spine, entire, survey study, anteroposterior and lateral, is intended to be used to report a survey study of the entire spine. A survey study is commonly performed to obtain scoliosis measurements or evaluate for spine metastasis. This radiologic examination involves obtaining anteroposterior (AP) and lateral views of the entire spine. The number of films required will vary depending on the size of the film available and the size of the patient examined. For an adult patient, the study may require six films (the AP and lateral views of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine). For smaller patients (eg, a pediatric patient), it may be possible to obtain the AP and lateral views of the entire spine with fewer films. These films are then interpreted as a single study (ie, one study is reported regardless of the number of films taken).”

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