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Venous Reflux Examination

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    Default Venous Reflux Examination
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    What CPT code is everyone using to evaluate venous reflux via duplex/doppler with the diagnosis of varicose veins?

    All comments are appreciated!

    Thank you.
    Jessica O'Donnell CPC

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    Look at 93970-93971 and see if that sounds correct.

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    I am on the fence between that and 93965. Any other suggestions?

    Jessica O'Donnell CPC

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    93965 is too extensive for what you want. Read it's description closely.

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    Why do you say that? I believe I need an "extensive code."

    Jessica O'Donnell CPC

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    All three codes describe diagnostic venous studies of the extremities.
    Code 93965 a Doppler wave form is similar like 970, 971 but it provides more detail, including waveform analysis, which is going to provide a more in-depth info as to what is happening, like how the blood is flowing from vessel to vessel, in other words, a physiological testing of viens. Basically, the physiological testing are things like pressure measurement,Doppler wave form analysis/technology, without imaging.

    Where as 93970, the duplex scans are the ones with real time imaging in addition to wave form; the duplex scanning includes common femoral superficial proximal deep femoral greater saphenous and popliteal vien of the lower extremity.

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    Thanks Preserene!

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    preserene- Thank you for the explanation of the codes, however no one has expressed an opinion on which code they would utilize to evaluate venous reflux for varicose veins?
    Jessica O'Donnell CPC

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    93970 or 93971 depending on whether it was bilateral or not. Which was done?

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