Proper coding requires capturing all elements of focused abdominal sonography for trauma in the medical record. Ultrasound equipment has become smaller and more portable, and the images produced are of high quality. As such, bedside ultrasound exams are performed frequently in emergency departments and trauma centers. These bedside ultrasound exams are referred to as FAST ...
Proper coding and reimbursement of services depend on it. Coding for duplex scans can be tricky because provider reports do not always include the necessary documentation. Here’s what you need to know about common duplex exams and the documentation challenges they present. Duplex Scan Basics Duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive evaluation of blood flow in ...
In Billing
Mar 19th, 2017
The results of a study focused on spontaneous preterm delivery in first-time pregnancies have researchers questioning the usefulness of two screenings physicians commonly performed on pregnant women. After screening more than 9,000 women, routine ultrasound examination of the uterine cervix and fetal fibronectin testing identified only a small proportion of the women who would eventually ...
In Coding
Jan 24th, 2017
In 2015, the CPT® codebook deleted breast ultrasound code and replaced it with two, more precise codes: 76641 Ultrasound, breast, unilateral, real time with image documentation, including axilla when performed; complete 76642 Ultrasound, breast, unilateral, real time with image documentation, including axilla when performed; limited Code 76641 describes a complete examination of all four quadrants ...
CPT® guidelines prior to the codes 76881 Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real-time with image documentation; complete and 76882 Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real-time with image documentation; limited, anatomic specific state: A complete ultrasound examination of an extremity (76881) consists of real time scans of a specific joint that includes examination of the muscles, tendons, joint,...