For the Week of June 29, 2015
We have an order for an abdominal ultrasound and an appendiceal ultrasound. Do we assign both 76700 and 76705?
You cannot report both 76700 and 76705 for imaging at the same session. While the appendix is not one of the required elements for a complete ultrasound, it would be included if imaged (or looked for) during an abdominal exam.
According to the American College of Radiology, one of the following codes could be appropriate depending on the referring physician’s order, the clinical circumstances, and how focused the clinical question is.
|76700||Ultrasound, abdominal, real time with image documentation; complete|
|76705||limited (e.g., single organ, quadrant, follow-up)|
|76856||Ultrasound, pelvic (nonobstetric), real time with image documentation; complete|
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