6/25/13 – Ultrasonic Needle Guidance – 76942

Question: If we place two nerve blocks with the use of ultrasound guidance for both blocks at one patient encounter, can we bill twice for the ultrasound guidance? 



Answer: No, don’t attempt to report this service more than once per patient, per day.  The CCI manual 2013 states Medicare “allows one unit of service for any of these codes at a single patient encounter regardless of the number of needle placements performed.”

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