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Hip & Pelvis xray

Jamie Posted Wed 15th of August, 2018 14:39:17 PM
How is a single view of the hip and a single view of the pelvis reported? Would we code 73501(Hip) & 72170(Pelvis)? Or would 73502 be appropriate?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 16th of August, 2018 08:41:52 AM

Hi Jamie, thanks for your question. CPT® code 73501; Radiologic examination, hip, unilateral, with pelvis when performed; 1 view should be reported for this scenario. When the provider completes a single view x-ray of the hip and pelvis, 73501 is the appropriate code to bill. CPT® code 72170 would be billed if only the pelvis was imaged and CPT® code 73502 would be billed if two to three views of the hip and pelvis were imaged.  Hope this helps.

Jamie Posted Thu 16th of August, 2018 11:17:55 AM
So we only get reimbursed for 1 view when we actually have two?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 16th of August, 2018 18:18:08 PM

Sorry for the confusion.  When 1 single view of the hip and 1 single view of the pelvis is performed, CPT® code 73502 would be appropriate since that represents 2 views.  When 1 single view of the hip is performed, and the pelvis is also included, then you would bill 73501. Hope that helps.

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