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    Default 71030 Vs. 71035

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    Pt. has XR chest 2 views with unilateral Decubitus. I
    am looking at codes 71020 and 71035. But a peer has indicated that 71030 is correct as it a complete chest XR minimum 4 views with specialized projection (Decubitus). I disagree and stand by 71020 and 71035 for this procedure. What exactly is 71030?????????

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    I agree with u. 71030 needs 4 views.

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    Apr 2007


    Per Dr. Z's 2011 Diagnostic Radiology Coding Reference...

    Do code 71035 for special views of the chest such as a stand-alone lordotic view or decubitus views. Code 71035 describes one-view of the chest, so report twice or with a -50modifier when bilateral decubitus views are obtained.

    Hope this helps!
    Jessica O'Donnell CPC

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