tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 9

Ultrasound Guidance: Foolproof Your Arthrocentesis Claims by Reporting Ultrasonic Guidance

Here’s why you should avoid using 76942 in certain situations Your coding for an arthrocentesis procedure may go haywire if you happen to ignore ultrasonic guidance that your provider may have resorted to during the arthrocentesis procedure. Read on for a lowdown of how to report the procedure and get the reimbursement you deserve. Get the Basics Right Forarthrocentesis, you havesixCPT® codes: 20600 (Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, small joint or bursa (e.g., fingers, toes); without ultrasound guidance) 20604 (…with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting) 20605 (Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, intermediate joint or bursa...

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