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2011 Guidelines For 93922

Posted on 19. Jan, 2011 by in Coding Challenge, Hot Coding Topics

Question: I’m confused by the 2011 guidelines for 93922-93923. When should I report 93922-52?

Answer: You should report 93922-52 (Limited bilateral noninvasive physiologic studies of upper or lower extremity arteries … 1-2 levels; Reduced services) when the patient has only one limb available for study and the physician records only one or two levels.

Example: A patient has had his right leg amputated. The physician performs the study on two levels on the patient’s left leg. You should report this unilateral, limited service using 93922-52.

The source of the confusion may be that CPT guidelines for 93922 and for 93923 (Complete bilateral noninvasive physiologic studies of upper or lower extremity arteries, 3 or more levels …) instruct you to report limited code 93922 when the physician performs a unilateral exam for three or more levels, or using provocative functional maneuvers, on a patient with only one arm or leg...

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