tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2000 Issue 2

Reader Question: Charging for X-ray, MRI Interpretations

Question: Can general surgeons charge for reading x-rays and MRIs taken at an outside facility?Anonymous Vermont SubscriberAnswer: Only one physician will be paid for reading an x-ray. Consequently, if a surgeon reads the x-ray and the radiologist in the facility already has read it and generated a report, the surgeon wont get paid, says Karen Evans, RN, CPC, a coding and reimbursement specialist in Mount Vernon, Wash. If an x-ray is performed and radiologists are available, they most likely will read the x-ray and bill for it. If the surgeon reads it, however, he or she must write...

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