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    Does anyone bill 76942 for US guidance for needle aspirations/injections in an Orthopedic office?

    BCBS will not reimburse our office for this saying no payment is allowed when performed by a provider in our specialty / orthopedic surgeons.

    Also 76881.

    Would like to know if anyone is having this same situation especially with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

    Thank you.

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    I do Hospital Coding and we use this for tracking purposes. The Anesthesia group we use bills 76942 so I believe it's anesthesia use only...
    Bruce Crandall, CPC
    North Carolina Specialty Hospital
    Durham, NC

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    Our office is billing and receiving reimbursement for 76942, ultrasound guided needle. Your issue sounds like a contract problem. I would get a hold of the insurance and ask for the policy on this code.
    Debbie Kline, CPC, CMA
    Business Office Administrator
    North Valley Orthopedics
    Yuba City, CA

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