AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 6 (June)

Surgery: Digestive System (June 2007)

June 2007 page 10c Coding Communication:Surgery: Digestive System Question What is the appropriate code to report for a liver biopsy performed under ultrasonic guidance? AMA Comment Code 47000, Biopsy of liver, needle; percutaneous, is the surgical code for a core liver biopsy (with any size needle) performed as a separate procedure. If a liver biopsy is performed as part of another operative procedure, then code 47001 should be reported. Modality specific needle guidance placement code 76942, Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement (eg, biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device), imaging supervision and interpretation, is reported for the ultrasonic guidance. Surgery: Digestive...

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