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    We did a bilateral hand xray. The description of the code does not say anything about bilateral. Does anyone know if it is ok to file a modifier 50 with 73120?

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    Overland Park, KS
    I will wager an opinion here.

    I think this will be payer specific. Medicare will accept modifier 50 for bilateral x-rays, but it can vary with commercial payers. You may need to add LT and RT instead.

    Unless you have specific guidance from the payer here, I would lean towards the conservative side and bill LT and RT just to be safe. So, you would report:

    73120 LT
    73120 RT

    Hope this helps and again this is my opinion.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow

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