AMA CPT® Assistant - 2015 Issue 11 (November)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (November 2015)

November 2015 page 10a Question: Is code 20611, {{Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, major joint or bursa (eg, shoulder, hip, knee, subacromial bursa); with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting}}, the appropriate code to report when ultrasound reporting requirements are not met? Answer: If "permanent recording and reporting" of the ultrasound guidance is not included, the correct code to report would be code 20610, Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, major joint or bursa (eg, shoulder, hip, knee, subacromial bursa); without ultrasound guidance. Please note that CPT code 76942 cannot be reported with CPT codes 20600, 20605, and 20610. Question: A...

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