AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 2 (February)

Coding Clarification: Administration of Radiopharmaceuticals for CPT Codes 78000-79999 (February 2012)

February 2012 pages 9-10 Coding Clarification: Administration of Radiopharmaceuticals for CPT Codes 78000-79999 Coding errors regarding the injection of radioisotopes are not uncommon with the codes for the injection of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals, which are sometimes incorrectly reported for diagnostic services. This article will help clarify appropriate coding of the injection of radiopharmaceuticals. Diagnostic nuclear medicine studies include the intravenous injection or administration of at least one, and in some cases more than one, radiopharmaceutical. The administration of a radiopharmaceutical is inherent to nuclear medicine studies. Therefore, reporting a separate code for the injection or administration is unwarranted. It is...

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