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Focus on Method to Ensure Proper Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Coding

Posted on 05. Feb, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics

Watch out for the 77031 pitfall if the radiologist participates during surgery.

When coding for stereotactic breast biopsy procedures, you have to proceed cautiously or you could get your surgeon in hot water with payers and the radiologists he works with. Here’s what you need to know before you start coding the next stereotactic breast biopsy procedure your surgeon performs.

Choose a Biopsy Code First

When your surgeon performs a stereotactic breast biopsy, you first need to determine which biopsy code to report. You’ll have to decide between 19102 (Biopsy of breast; percutaneous, needle core, using imaging guidance) or 19103 (Biopsy of breast; percutaneous, automated vacuum assisted or rotating biopsy device, using imaging guidance) based on the documentation your surgeon provides.

Plus, breast procedure coding made easy, with Kim Garner-Huey.

How to choose: The difference between the two percutaneous breast biopsy codes is the device that your surgeon uses,...

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