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  1. #1
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    Springfield, MO

    Default Manual application of stress

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    Does anyone have any information regarding billing CPT 77071 (Manual application of stress performed by physician for joint radiography, including contralateral views if indicated)?

    Medicare has given this code a MUE of 1. If two different stresses are placed on the same joint, is it appropriate to bill twice? (Example: dorsiflexion and plantar flexion on first MTP joint.)

    I appreciate any information anyone has about this.
    Amy Bishard, BA, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CCS, RCC
    Instructor, Medical Billing and Coding, Cox College
    2015 Education Officer - Springfield MO AAPC Chapter
    Former AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors 2012-2015
    2011 President - Springfield MO AAPC Chapter
    2010 President Elect - Springfield MO AAPC Chapter

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    This code is for the actual stressing of the bine, the physician must document some like ..."while wearing lead lined gloves I stressed x......"

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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