If we do bilateral groin ultrasounds for possible bilateral inguinal hernias, should I charge/code the patient for two, and do I have to use modifiers if I do so? Which code and which modifiers would I use?


When performing an ultrasound to check for inguinal hernias, that would be billed as limited extremity 76882. Depending on payer preference it would be 76882-50, 76882-RT and 76882-LT, or 76882 x 2. At the time of writing, for Medicare, you would need to bill 76882 x 2 because Medicare does not allow either modifier 50 or modifiers RT and LT with 76882.

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