Considerations in incorporating office-based ultrasound of the head and neck

Nadeem A. Akbar, Donald L. Bodenner, Lawrence T. Kim, James Y. Suen, Mimi S. Kokoska

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the cost considerations and strategies for incorporating ultrasound (US) in a head and neck practice. Study design and setting: A retrospective chart review of office-based US procedures from 2001 to 2005 was completed at our academic medical center. Billing and coding for US and US guided fine needle aspiration (USFNA) were examined. Results: The appropriate CPT codes are 76536 for US and 76942 and 10022 for USFNA-related procedures. The USFNA codes should be used repeatedly for correct coding of biopsies from multiple sites. Cost (equipment) sharing between specialties is a potential strategy for office-based US incorporation. Conclusion: Based on practice volume, specific CPT coding, and Medicare reimbursements, office-based US equipment and certification costs could be offset in 1 year. Significance: Office-based US can be readily incorporated with significant benefits to patients. Billing and usage strategies were identified that would improve the economics of providing office-based US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)884-888
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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