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Uncharted Territory 76881/76882/76970

  1. Question Uncharted Territory 76881/76882/76970
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    I need help in understanding CPT code 76970 Ultrasound study follow-up (specify), in what scenarios is this the approriate code to use & what does (specify) mean?

    The background on where I'm coming from is a sports med physician will be performing complete or limited ultrasounds, CPT codes 76881 & 76882. It sounds like they will be doing a follow-up study using CPT code 76970 and are asking questions that I can't answer, Questions: "If they performed a 76882 limited on 1 date of service & the patient comes back in on another date of service can they do a 76881 complete with 76970?" I'm not understanding the logic of why 76970 would be allowable when done with either 76881 or 76882. "If they performed 76881 on 1 date of service can they then bill 76882?" or do they have to use the follow-up code?"

    Are there any guidelines on using these particular codes that I could look up for a reference? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    Jody Hecht

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