Xray Orders and Coding Compliance

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Xray Orders and Coding Compliance

Postby Gibbons86 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:11 pm

Does the Xray Order have to match the Interpretation/Read and essentially what was billed for Clinic Xrays performed by ordering physician? Example) Provider in clinic orders xrays and reads them same day. He selected Xray Bilateral Standing AP Knees (73565) but in his interpretation he clearly indicates the view was actually PA view, not AP and does not meet CPT description 73565. Does the order/note need to be sent back for an addendum so that both the interpretation and the Order match? Or can the coder select the CPT code based off his Xray interpretation within the clinic note which would be 73560 and ignore the order issue?

Ive done some research on CMS and WPS websites and all I found was that CMS recently updated their policy that a signed order is not required for diagnostic Xrays paid in the physician fee schedule but his medical record must document the intent and medical necessity. Does this give us some leeway in orders matching what was billed based on supporting documentation? There was also an article by AAPC - Seven tips for diagnostic radiology coding success by John Verhovshek - that stated coders should bill Xrays based off the report of what was performed by adding the views themselves. It stated if the specific number of views were not listed then the coder should pick the lowest code. This article is fairly old and I did not see this in the CPT Guidance or CMS manual, so Im not sure if I feel comfortable using this as supporting documentation for following this process... is this information accurate and would it be compliant to do this without receiving an updated order?
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