Results 1 to 4 of 4

Help on bilateral xrays

  1. #1
    Smile Help on bilateral xrays
    Medical Coding Books
    I have a question, I work in a internal medicine office and we do xrays. Lately in the encounters that I see, we have bilateral hips or bilateral knee xrays. I know that a 50 modifer need to be on the xray with lt or rt, am I coding this correctely. Please help
    [I]Elizabeth Comma-Watson, CPC
    Billing/Coding Specialist
    Greensboro, NC 27455-2601

  2. Smile
    The general law for coding bilateral (if same kind and number of views taken bilaterally) X- rays is, take for example BILATERAL KNEE 3 VIEWS EACH, then the coding would be

    73562 - 50
    73562 with 2 units.

    you can code them with either options, No need of appending RT and LT modifiers when you append 50 modifier.

    Hope this helps!
    Munirajarathinavel Poovan,

  3. Default
    in addition to the above posts there are some procedures, that bilat is inclusive
    i.e. bilat hips 73520 rad exam, hips, bilat, minimum of 2 views, each hip, including ap view of the pelvis. no modifier needed

  4. #4
    Depending upon the payor we use RT and LT the most at our centers. Medicare here prefers the 50 mod but then BCBS prefers the Rt and LT

Similar Threads

  1. bilateral Nephrostogram and bilateral nephrostomy tube exchange
    By Misty Dawn in forum Interventional Radiology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-05-2015, 01:45 PM
  2. Bilateral hip xrays
    By grandmacora in forum Interventional Radiology
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 06-01-2015, 01:50 PM
  3. Are all xrays - I do not bill for xrays
    By puggles in forum Interventional Radiology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-27-2011, 09:09 AM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-25-2009, 10:25 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.