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Posted By Christie on 07-19-2005, 13:47:00 in Radiology
Hello List,

Please, help. Do I code 73721 once or twice for bilateral hips?
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Posted By Natalie on 07-19-2005, 14:27:00
We put a 51 modifier on one and narratives to indicate what was done
Posted By sandi on 07-19-2005, 14:13:00
As always - the CPT Codes do not exactly match the human anatomy. I
realize they can see it, however, the codes have a MRI lower extremity
joint which is the hip so you would use 73721 and add rt & lt if
bilateral. If the order was also for pelvis - then you could also code
72195-72197.
Hope this helps

Sandi Scott, CPC
Director, Audit & Training
Law Dept.
InSight Health Corp.
Ph 949-282-6027
Cell 949-306-3111
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Posted By Natalie on 07-19-2005, 14:10:00
The techs say that they don't do additional work for both hips as
opposed to one so ethically don't feel right about billing 2
Posted By sandi on 07-19-2005, 13:57:00
Pelvis area is not the hip Use 73721 with a RT & LT



Sandi Scott, CPC

Director, Audit & Training

Law Dept

InSight Health Corp

Ph 949-282-6027

Cell 949-306-3111

Fax 949-462-3703
Posted By Natalie on 07-19-2005, 13:55:00
Our office codes this as 1 exam
Posted By Natalie on 07-19-2005, 13:55:00
We don't use pelvis because we aren't looking at the rest of the pelvis,
just the hips.
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