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Are podiatrists being paid for 76881 - Complete diagnostic ultrasound exams

Steven Posted Thu 16th of May, 2013 01:50:28 AM


SuperCoder Answered Fri 17th of May, 2013 00:52:19 AM


A complete procedure (76881) includes real time scans of a specific joint that includes examination of the muscles, tendons, joint, other soft-tissue structures, and any identifiable abnormality. A limited study (76882) involves examining the extremity where a specific anatomic structure such as a tendon or muscle is assessed. You would also use 76882 to evaluate a soft-tissue mass that may be present in an extremity where knowledge of its cystic or solid characteristics is needed.

Remember: When the podiatrist performs spectral and color Doppler evaluation of the extremities, you should use the appropriate code (93925-93926, 93930-93931, 93970 or 93971) in conjunction with 76881 or 76882.

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