Compliance Question of the Week – Radiology

Radiology Question for the Week of March 25, 2024

The patient presents with sternoclavicular (SC) joint pain, and a CT of the thorax (chest) with contrast is ordered. The radiology report describes the SC joint in its entirety, but no other surrounding structures. Should I code this to 71260 or 71260-52, as only the SC joint was studied?

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Radiology Question for the Week of March 11, 2023

For 2024, what codes are utilized when a medically necessary pulmonary artery angiogram is conducted preceding pulmonary artery stenting, without being combined with a diagnostic heart catheterization service? Describe the appropriate coding sequence, including the relevant catheter placement codes and the distinction between initial artery treatment and additional artery treatment.

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