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    Default MRI Brain/MRI IAC

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    The coders in our office are having a discussion on how to bill MRI Brain and IAC with and w/o contrast. Some are stating 70553 and 70553 -76 and others think just 70553?

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    I would think that 70553 would cover both

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    70553 is the only code needed, when doing IAC's as well as the brain.

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    Clinical examples in radiology addressed this coding scenario in the Spring 2006 issue. It pretty much indicates that MRI of the Brain with an emphasis on IAC's is appropriately reported w / 70553 x 1 (w/w/o contrast).

    It further indicates that on rare instances in which a complete MRI of the brain and a separate complete MRI of the IAC's are both medically necessary, ordered, and performed...it would be appropriate to report 2 units of 70553; one with the modifier -59 attached.
    Anthony McCallum, CPC, CIRCC, CPC-I, CCS

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    Wouldn't it be ok to code 70553 for the MRI of the brain and a 70543 for the MRI of the IAC's?

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    According to the 2010 CSI Navigator, MRI of the IACs is coded with 70553.


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