If a patient has just an abdominal aorta ultrasound, do we use code 76770 or 76775?
The appropriate code would be either of the following:
|76775||Ultrasound, retroperitoneal (e.g., renal, aorta, nodes), real time with image documentation; limited|
|76706||Ultrasound, abdominal aorta, real time with image documentation, screening study for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)|
Code 76706 is assigned when a screening ultrasound for AAA is ordered for a Medicare beneficiary. Otherwise, code 76775 would be assigned. Code 76770 represents a complete retroperitoneal and requires additional documented elements.
|76770||Ultrasound, retroperitoneal (e.g., renal, aorta, nodes), real time with image documentation; complete|
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