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Ultrasound with thorancentesis

Linda Posted Wed 30th of January, 2013 19:21:08 PM

Can physician bill 76942(59) with 32555 when done in hospital or is it
Bundled with code

SuperCoder Answered Thu 31st of January, 2013 19:49:01 PM

Imaging guidance: The 2013 codes continue the CPT® trend of bundling imaging guidance into interventional procedures. Codes 32555 and 32557 specify "with imaging guidance." As a radiology coder, you're more likely to use these codes instead of 32554 and 32556, which are for services "without imaging guidance."

The bottom line is that you should not report imaging separately for 32554-32557 in 2013. This marks a change from 2012 codes , which instruct you to report guidance separately (76942, 77002, or 77012).

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