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    my question is if a pt rec'd bilateral knee x rays to both knees.

    would you code it as
    Please help the cpt index states knee,bilateral 73565,however when i look at the description it states radiologic exam,both knees,standing,anteroposterior.

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    73565 is an inherently bilateral procedure and it is a standing film so you do not report this procedure with a modifier. It is the only knee xray code that is bilateral by description which is why you found it in the index. the rest of the knee xray codes are inherently unilateral and are distinguished by the number of views performed so if you perform a 2 view procedure of both kness it would be coded as
    73560 50 or
    73560 RT
    73560 LT
    depending on the payer

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Apr 2007

    Default Knee X-Rays

    Does the following count as 3 views or 4 views -
    AP, lateral and oblique views of the right knee reveal no acute fx.

    Our code-editor picks up 73564. So my question is AP view considered one view or two view.
    Any input will be helpful. Thanks

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    Columbia, MO


    AP is one view it is the opposite of a PA. AP is Anterior to posterior, PA posterior to Anterior so you have a 3 view.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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