AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2008 Issue 4

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A procedure known as Phonophoresis is provided in our physical medicine department. This procedure was explained to me as an ultrasound with application of a steroidal cream to push medication deep into the joints. However, there isn’t a CPT code to report this particular service and the only reference to this service is a CPT Assistant reference from September 1996 which provides guidance to use CPT code 97035 for the ultrasound and CPT code 99070 for the supplies provided by the physician over and above those usually included in an office visit. Does this same coding guidance apply in a hospital based physical medicine department? ...

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