Radiation Oncology

valerieeanderson

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I am re-learning rad onc and need some help with a code. My providers sometimes do a deep inspriation breath hold bor breast cancer patients in for treatment. I cannot find this code anywhere. Does anyone know where I can find the code or happen to know off the top of their head what it is? Any assistance you an provide I would truly appreciate.
 

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Radiation Oncology Breath Hold Code

The code for the breath hold is +77293 Motion Study. This is add on code that goes with the Isodose Plan.
 

ggoode66

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I am re-learning rad onc and need some help with a code. My providers sometimes do a deep inspriation breath hold bor breast cancer patients in for treatment. I cannot find this code anywhere. Does anyone know where I can find the code or happen to know off the top of their head what it is? Any assistance you an provide I would truly appreciate.

For coaching someone with breathing or a breath hold is not a billable service.

the add on code 77293, is used when the patient is being simulated, its a different way of capturing the data. It is a separately documented service. Order, medical necessity, and a procedure note, it is then billed on the DOS when the plan was developed.
 

egraham1827

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I agree that 77293 is the appropriate add-on code when this is performed at simulation, add-on code to the planning code (77295, 77301, etc). However, G6017 is also a billable event if the physician documents that this was done daily. See link: https://www.astro.org/Daily-Practice/Coding/Coding-Guidance/IGRT-in-2016/

This is from 2016 but they may have updated 2017 guidelines as well. We use this code frequently and it is appropriate to the service rendered.

Hope this helps!
 

hodgeskm

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Radiation Oncology Breath Hold Code

You may want to be careful about assigning +77293 for deep inspiration breath hold studies. The CT scan performed may not meet the criteria - it may not be a 4D motion study. The physician may not need to "coach" or observe the breathing pattern. +77293 has an extensive description of work.
 
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