Radiology Question for the Week of May 29, 2023


What does 76881 require for examination?


Coders must be careful to know that 76881 has some specific rules relative to examination. This code details a complete evaluation of a specific upper or lower extremity joint. Coders should note this code requires examination of all of the following: Joint space (e.g., effusion) and periarticular soft tissue structures surrounding the joint (i.e., muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue structures), along with any other identifiable abnormalities.

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