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    Default Bladder Scan in the ER

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    Our Er docs are performing bladder scans in the ER. They do not own the equipment just performing and reading the scan. What is the appropriate code I should be using for the doc?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    We use 51798 with the ICD-9 Procedure code 89.29
    Julianne Sheetz, CPC

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    Are you coding for hospital charges or just the doctor? I need code for the doctor only.

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    For the doc a bladder scan would be considered a limited retroperitoneal scan (76775). Use of this CPT code requires permanently recorded images and a final, written report. There is an excellent article posted in the tips and resources blog by the American College of Emergency Physicians. You can find the article by doing a search on "ultrasound coding and reimbursement."
    Julianne Sheetz, CPC

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