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Posted By Angie on 06-01-2005, 21:45:00 in Radiology
Hello all I was wondering if you could help me with a question regarding cervical views.  When the interp states flexion and extension views performed and doesn't mention other views I have been coding 72040.   (I read this as 2 views)  I code 72052 when it states 5 views performed including flexion/extension.  There is a controversy in our office regarding interpreting this in the CPT book.  My supervisor says if the report mentions flexion and extension than 72052 should be always be reported, even though other views aren't mentioned.  Could you explain why/why not 72040 would be used for flexion and extension only.  Thanks in advance.
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Posted By Angie on 06-02-2005, 13:53:00
ok, thank you Stacy!

Angie Vickers, RCC, CPC
Posted By Stacy on 06-02-2005, 12:42:00
Unfortunately, no. All I can say is that the CPT book clearly describes
the number of views required to report each examination, and those are
the guidelines to be followed. There may be something in an AMA CPT
Assistant article; I'll have to check and see. Stacy
Posted By Angie on 06-02-2005, 09:57:00
Thanks again---do you know where this may be written?

Angie Vickers, RCC, CPC
Posted By Angie on 06-02-2005, 09:54:00
Thank you.. that is what I thought. My supervisor's reasoning is since cpt mentions flexion/extension in cpt code 72052 then use that code and assume other views were done. She believes that the only time flexion/extension views are performed, is when all the other views were done also. So, I need to convince her otherwise.

Angie Vickers, RCC, CPC
Posted By Stacy on 06-02-2005, 00:02:00
Flexion and extension only = two views = 72040.

5 views including flexion and extension = 5 views = 72050.

AP, lateral, swimmers, bilateral obliques, AND flexion and extension = 5
views + F&E = 7 views = 72052.

Your supervisor is incorrect. You cannot code 72052 unless you have 5
views PLUS flexion and extension. Five views including flexion and
extension is still 5 views, which is 72050.

Stacy Gregory, RCC, CPC
stacygregory@wamail.net
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