76942 and 78808 on a single claim needs a second look
43,006. That’s the number of additions Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) 15.0 creates. We’ve got what radiology coders need to know, including the 411 on an edit affecting a new nuclear medicine code.
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This round of CCI, effective Jan. 1, attacks the usual suspects — such as including guidance codes 76942 (Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement …) and 77002 (Fluoroscopic guidance for needle placement…) into a code whose descriptor includes imaging guidance: 55706 (Biopsies, prostate, needle, transperineal, stereotactic template guided saturation sampling, including imaging guidance). CCI also had to create new edits to reflect the changes to the hydration/infusion code digits.
But watch out: Some changes aren’t as obvious. In particular, ultrasonic guidance codes 76942 and 76998 (Ultrasonic guidance, intraoperative) are bundled into new code 78808...
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