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Acupuncture Coding - codes be reported

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    Overland Park, KS
    Default Acupuncture Coding - codes be reported
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    Calling all acupuncture coders!

    I have a question regarding the use of the add-on codes of 97811 and 97814. I understand that in order to use these codes the patient must be repositioned and the needles reinserted, but can these codes be reported in units? What I mean is can you report these codes for each "set" of needles you reinsert? For example, if the patient is repositioned and you reinsert two sets of needles (w/o electrical stimulation), can you report code 97811 X 2 (in addtion to code 97810)?

    Hope this question makes sense.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow

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    This is the link I have referred back to every time I question acupuncture coding. The last paragraph answers the question you asked above. Hope you find this link creditable. I have had a hard time finding "official guidelines" on this issue.
    Last edited by Stefanie; 11-01-2011 at 09:09 PM.

    Stefanie Cramer, CPC
    Independent Contractor
    Medical Coding and Consulting
    Cramer Consulting

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    Overland Park, KS
    Thanks so much, Stefanie. This is a big help!
    Last edited by dballard2004; 11-02-2011 at 07:00 AM.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow

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    Does anyone have any good information, articles about coding these procedures? Does a diagnosis code have to be applied?

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