AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: CPT codes 76881 & 76882

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Question CPT codes 76881 & 76882

    AAPC: Back to School
    I work in radiology dept at hospital. Lately, I've been receiving reports using old code 76880 which has been revised to 76881 & 76882. The problem is that I dont know exactly when or how to use 76881 or 76882?


    Salima Huland El, CPC

    Coding Specialist, Radiology

  2. #2


    Ultrasound Extremity
    The RUC Five-Year Identification Workgroup identified 76880 as having a significant increase in utilization attributable to an increase in a focused anatomic-specific ultrasound exam. The ACR in conjunction with the American Podiatric Medical Association worked to develop a code structure to differentiate the complete examination usually performed by radiologists from the limited exam usually performed by podiatrists. The work involved and the practice expense for a complete diagnostic ultrasound study is different than that of a focused study of a specific anatomic area. Therefore, code 76880, Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real time with image documentation, will be deleted in 2011 and replaced by two new codes: 76881 (complete) and 76882 (limited, anatomic-specific). As described in the CPT 2011 code book, a complete procedure (76881) includes real time scans of a specific joint that includes examination of the muscles, tendons, joint, other soft-tissue structures, and any identifiable abnormality. A limited study (78882) is an examination of the extremity where a specific anatomic structure such as a tendon or muscle is assessed. In addition, the limited code would be used to evaluate a soft-tissue mass that may be present in an extremity where knowledge of its cystic or solid characteristics is needed.
    When spectral and color Doppler evaluation of the extremities is performed, use the appropriate code (93925-93926, 93930-93931, 93970 or 93971) in conjunction with 76881 or 76882.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Jacksonville, FL (90417)


    Thank you TrueBlue, the information you provided was extremely helpful, our physicians in Rheumatology and Sports Medicine are purchasing ultrasound machines and performing and your response is the answer I was looking for!

  4. #4


    Sreenivas Sajja-CPC,CCS

Similar Threads

  1. Can you bill CPT codes 76942 with 76881 or 76882?
    By micki127 in forum Billing/Reimbursement
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-15-2015, 11:49 AM
  2. Billing for 76881 and 76882
    By glomaxie in forum Rheumatology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-26-2013, 10:48 AM
  3. CPT code 76882
    By NESmith in forum Interventional Radiology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-12-2013, 07:01 AM
  4. CPT Code 76882
    By dison1974 in forum Podiatry
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-17-2012, 12:03 PM
  5. Uncharted Territory 76881/76882/76970
    By Jody Mortensen in forum Interventional Radiology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-30-2011, 12:21 PM

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.