Home » Categories » Imaging/Radiology Coding

Ultrasound Guidance for Vascular Access


Just wanting to verify the appropirate codes to use when a radiologist inserts a PICC Line and does it by ultrasound guidance.  Would you use 76937 with 36569?  Then charge for the supplies used (i.e PICC Line kit).


76937 is appropriate for ultrasound guidance for vascular access, including a PICC line.  The code requires ultrasound evaluation of potential access sites, documentation of selected vessel patency, concurrent realtime ultrasound visualization of vascular needle entry, with permanent recording and reporting. The use of ultrasound to locate a vein or mark a skin entry site for a nonguided puncture is not considered an ultrasound guided procedure and does not meet requirements to report 76937.

Disclaimer: All articles intended for general guidance only and not as a recommendation for a specific situation. Readers should consult an official source (AHA, AMA, etc.) or a qualified attorney for specific legal guidance.
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Related Articles RSS Feed
New Nuclear Medicine Codes
Viewed 1687 times since Sat, Jan 21, 2012
MRA Lower Extremities
Viewed 5184 times since Wed, Apr 20, 2011
Bilateral Dictation
Viewed 1014 times since Tue, Sep 18, 2012
Bladder Ultrasound
Viewed 13016 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
Post Central Line Insertion Chest X Ray
Viewed 6480 times since Wed, Feb 23, 2011
Nuclear Medicine 78452 Followup
Viewed 3704 times since Wed, Feb 9, 2011
Bilateral X-Rays
Viewed 5421 times since Tue, Aug 21, 2012
Modifier-Cardiac Cath
Viewed 43040 times since Wed, Oct 26, 2011
Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration and Core BX
Viewed 10341 times since Mon, Apr 25, 2011
Foot vs. Ankle MRI
Viewed 10784 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
Quorum Health Resources, LLC :: 105 Continental Place Brentwood, TN 37027 :: Phone: (615) 371-4506