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fluoroscopy billing

Karen Posted Tue 24th of April, 2012 17:54:51 PM

How do you bill for fluoroscopy done in the office and not for surgery procedures. Our physcian also uses this without the fluoroscopy. How can we bill for these? What codes?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 24th of April, 2012 20:06:02 PM

Would you mind offering an example?

Karen Posted Wed 25th of April, 2012 16:21:02 PM

PT COMES IN FOR FRACTURE SHE WILL USE THE FLUOROSCOPE FOR AN XRAY AND IF ANOTHER PT COMES IN AND WE THINK THERE IS A FOREIGN BODY IN THERE FINGER WE WILL USE IT AS A FLUOROSCOPY WITH THEM MOVING.

SuperCoder Answered Mon 30th of April, 2012 15:00:00 PM

June 2008 CPT Assistant offers some insights into proper fluoro coding. E.g., you have to watch supervision requirements. This excerpt also indicates you may report an anatomy-specific x-ray code if the fluoro machine creates a permanent image and there’s a formal report:
“… The choice of radiological imaging guidance code is based on the procedures performed and documented in the medical record. Because fluoroscopic imaging requires personal supervision, a fluoroscopic code should not be submitted if the physician is not present in the operating room during a procedure that uses fluoroscopy or fluoroscopic guidance. However, the appropriate radiographic code to report the anatomy evaluated should be submitted in the event that a) the radiologist's contract with the hospital requires that a radiologist issue a formal interpretation, or b) the physician performing the study requests that a radiologist produce a formal report of the procedure from permanent images recorded. …”

The article goes on to say 76000 is appropriate when it’s the only imaging or there’s no more appropriate code (so the fluoro isn’t bundled into another imaging code):

“Code 76000 may be reported when fluoroscopy is the only imaging performed. For example, a patient presents to the radiology department with a prior joint x-ray series demonstrating a calcified body near the joint. The physician uses fluoroscopy with the joint flexed, extended, and rotated to determine whether the calcification is indeed loose within the joint. Because fluoroscopy is the only imaging procedure performed at that patient encounter, code 76000 is reported once (not for each joint position examined). Another example is when there is no other fluoroscopy code that more accurately describes the imaging performed (ie, code 77001, 77002, or 77003). For example, a patient steps on a needle, and fluoroscopy (C-arm) is used to assist the physician to locate and remove this foreign body from the skin wound. In this instance, if C-arm fluoroscopic imaging is being provided without a diagnostic radiologic examination (ie, no hard copy record of the images is produced), then code 76000 should be used to identify the imaging procedure provided. Because code 76000 is designated as a separate procedure, modifier 59, Distinct Procedural Service, should be appended and reported in addition to the appropriate codes from the Integumentary System section.”

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