Coding Q&A—Medicine: Physician
Medicine and Rehabilitation
Question: How many times can CPT code 97035, Application of a modality to 1 or more areas; ultrasound, each 15 minutes, be reported if treating three body areas such as the neck, wrist, and knee on the same date of service?
Answer: The supervised modality codes
(97010-97028) and the constant attendance codes (97032-97039) include language
in their code descriptors that indicate "application of a modality to one or
more areas." The number of areas of application is not considered a factor when
reporting these codes. Therefore, code 97035 should be reported once for that
patient encounter, irrespective of the number of body areas treated.
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