Billing 72020 multiple times

h-rae

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I have 3 intraoperative and 2 postoperative view of the thoracic and lumbar spine submitted for interpretation. All came over as 72020. Would I bill five units or should I break it down for one to a line and add modifiers?
 

wbrodsky

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I personally think that 72020 is incorrect, altogether. The code for Imaging of the thoracic spine (2 views) is 72070 and for the lumbar is 72148. Now that is without contrast. You may also want to consider 72080 (thoracolumbar junction - minimum of 2 views). Without the report, it's hard to give a precise answer, but I would look into these codes first.
 
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