Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Radiology Question for the Week of July 11, 2022

We received an order from a referring physician that requested an ultrasound (US) thyroid for nodule assessment and a US soft tissue for a submental mass palpable on the exam. The facility coder believes that the facility should get two charges. The interpretation covers both areas in one report. It is my understanding that head and neck (CPT® 76536) would cover both of these assessments. Am I correct? The evaluation is performed for two separate reasons, but the imaging is of the neck.

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Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Radiology Question for the Week of July 4, 2022

Can we report 77067-52-LT and 77065-RT together for a screening mammogram on the left breast and a diagnostic mammogram on the right breast? The patient feels a lump in her right breast, but it’s time for her annual screening mammogram so her doctor wants to complete a screening on the left side.

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General Compliance Question of the Week

General Question for the Week of January 4, 2021

One of our breast-center doctors does not specify tomosynthesis in the technique section of mammograms, but tomosynthesis views are mentioned in the body of the report. Does she have to dictate them in the technique or will it be enough that it is mentioned in the body?

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