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    I work in a hospital in the radiology deparment. One of our hospitals bills a combination code that they created that links CPT codes 71010 and 74000 together. They want to add this combo code to our hospital's data base, but I have a problem with it. They are only doing one image; they just happen to be showing the chest frontal view and the abdomen anteroposterior view both on the same image. My question is, does anyone else think this is wrong? I believe in order to genuinely charge for both of these exams, you should do two separate images. Does anyone disagree?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trwilson View Post
    I work in a hospital in the radiology deparment. One of our hospitals bills a combination code that they created that links CPT codes 71010 and 74000 together. They want to add this combo code to our hospital's data base, but I have a problem with it. They are only doing one image; they just happen to be showing the chest frontal view and the abdomen anteroposterior view both on the same image. My question is, does anyone else think this is wrong? I believe in order to genuinely charge for both of these exams, you should do two separate images. Does anyone disagree?

    Thanks.
    I agree, it sounds fishy. the following may help:
    74000-Films are taken of the abdominal cavity in one view from front to back. Because an abdominal x-ray usually precedes another diagnostic imaging procedure, it is not coded separately unless performed as a separately identifiable examination.
    Last edited by armen; 02-04-2011 at 08:39 AM.

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    Thanks so much for the reply. I agree completely and will relay this to the radiologist that wants to charge the codes.

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