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    Question ultrasound guided nerve blocks

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    One of our physicians recently attended a seminar and was under the impression that we can bill for ultrasound guidance for nerve blocks. Can anyone help me with the correct CPT code for the US?

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    Default Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks

    When our physicians perform an ultrasound guided nerve block we bill CPT code 76942.

    Alicia, CPC

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    Thank you for your help.

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    Lincoln, NE


    This may not need to be said but if your physician does NOT own the ultrasound machine you will need to append the -26 modifier (professional component only).

    Julie, CPC

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    Denver Colorado


    also check the documentation / permanent recorded images requirements in the CPT Diagnostic Ultrasound section guidelines

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    Dr. just did brachial plexus nerve block using ultrasound; there is no report. It is my understanding that ultrasound guidance needs an actual "photo" of the ultrasound in addition to either a separate ultrasound note or documentation within the procedure note describing the localization/guidance procedure. Is that correct? If that criteria is met, 76942-26 is appropriate (26 modifier since we do not own the equipment)? THANKS!

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    We have not started with the ultrasound, but looks like we will soon. From my research the only requirement was a seperate note from the anes doc. Again I am unsure as we have not officially started using the ultrasound.

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