tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 4

Reader Question: Don't Bother About Image Guidance Code 77003 With 64483

Question: I need a clarification on professional fees POS 24. Procedure 64483 was performed in an ASC. Can I bill 77003 along with modifier 26?  Kentucky Subscriber Answer: The injection code 64483 (Injection[s], anesthetic agent and/or steroid, transforaminal epidural, with imaging guidance [fluoroscopy or CT]; lumbar or sacral, single level) includes the use of image guidance in the code description. So CPT® code 77003 (Fluoroscopic guidance and localization of needle or catheter tip for spine or paraspinous diagnostic or therapeutic injection procedures [epidural or subarachnoid]) cannot be reported separately. ...

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