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    I have been billed for 72141 & 72141 with a 59 modifier...the extra code is for flextion and extension views..can the radiologist bill twice for 72141??

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    Columbia, MO
    No he cannot code for multiple views, the MRI code is for the cervical spine and includes all views associated with it.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Default 59 mod
    We have used the 59 mod before when more sequences were done with MRIs since it's the 72158 lumbar or the w and w/o codes that states (further sequences) but we have had a separate Dx for the original procedure when we do add the 59 to the second. This is a hard one for payment and it's like the 70553, 70553-59 for IAC's, which we also do at one of our centers. Do you have 2 separate reports for each 72141?

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    no, there was only one report...and in the report it had flexion and my thought is they can not bill it twice, am I correct?

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