Chest ultrasound question

sonyahope

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I have a physician who uses ultrasound guidance with a thoracentesis. We bill out 76942 (26) for this service. However, he is known to also perform the ultrasound and determine that the thoracentesis does not need to be done at that time. Would it be appropriate to bill 76604 in this instance? Thanks
 

jmcpolin

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Per CCI these do not edit, we used to do this with breast biopsies, the physician would do an ultrasound first to detect the abnormality and then do an ultrasound guided biopsy.
 
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