Coding for RP used for sentinel node localization with a lymphangiogram
We performed a sentinel node localization on a patient. We injected the radiopharmaceutical, did a lymphangiogram, then sent the patient to surgery. We reported CPT® codes 78195 and 38792 but are getting denied. Do you know what the problem is?
Yes, code 38792 is reported only when you inject the radiopharmaceutical for sentinel node localization and send the patient to surgery without doing a diagnostic lymphangiogram. If images are taken, then code 78195 is reported and includes the injection. You cannot report both codes together. The code and full description are as follows:
38792 Injection procedure; radioactive tracer for identification of sentinel node
78195 Lymphatics and lymph nodes imaging