Items Tagged: biopsy
May 2015 Q & A
Question: Coding Both Bone Marrow Aspiration and Bone Marrow Core Biopsy
According to the AMA’s CPT Assistant March 2015, when both bone marrow aspiration and bone marrow biopsy of the same site are performed, we can code both 38221 and 38220. Since there is a NCCI edit between the two codes, can we use modifier -59 to override this edit? Please clarify. Thanks.
August 2014 Q & A
Question: Liver biopsy with tornado coil placement
Physician performed a percutaneous needle core biopsy of the liver using ultrasound guidance (47000 &76942). At the end of his dictation for the biopsy, he said "An introducing needle was then placed into the lesion. An 8x4 tornado coil was placed through the introducing needle." Can I code for this coil placement, and if so, what code(s) would I use?