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CPT code needed for Ultrasound hip eval

Mike Posted Thu 28th of April, 2016 16:52:04 PM
Doctor wants to perform an Ultrasound evaluation on a patient's hip, but don't know what CPT code to bill. Could you please help me with the code?
SuperCoder Answered Mon 02nd of May, 2016 02:07:32 AM
Hi, You can report code 76881, Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real-time with image documentation; complete or 76882, ... limited, anatomic specific. CPT® guidelines instruct that complete code 76881 includes real time ultrasound scans of a joint. Documentation for a complete ultrasound should reference related "muscles, tendons, joint, other soft tissue structures, and any identifiable abnormality." Limited: Limited study code 76882 applies to the examination of a specific anatomic structure, including a muscle, tendon, joint, or other soft tissue. For example, you may see a limited exam for an Achilles tendon injury. Code 76882 also is appropriate for a soft-tissue mass evaluation if the physician needs to learn its cystic or solid characteristics.

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