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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007

    Default Bilateral HELP PLEASE

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    What is the proper rule for all payers for bilateral procedures?

    Claim Line 1 - CPT code - 50 @ 1 unit OR

    Claim Line 1 - CPT code - 50 @ 2 units OR

    Claim Line 1 - CPT code - @ 1 unit and
    Claim Line 2 - CPT code (again) - 50 (1 unit)

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Cindy S. Cillo, CPC

  2. #2
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    Apr 2007


    good luck with this one. All payors have their own guidelines for bilateral. It wouldbe so much easier if they were all on the same page, but thats how they get away with what they do. They all have a different set of rules.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    Greeley, Colorado


    For one, it will depend on what CPT codes you are using. Radiology is different from "procedures". Here's what we do for bilateral joint injections without much trouble from the payers:
    Medicare and BCBS:
    20610 -50 x1 unit at 150% of the fee
    All others (for now):
    20610 -rt xt 1 at full fee
    20610 -50-lt x1 at 50%
    You don't need rt/lt, but I have found it helps.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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