Mindray M7 MSK Ultrasound Logo

MSK US Specialists
With Coverage Across
North America

Sales Demos
Demo Request

Application Training
Training Request

Mindray MSK Staff

Reimbursements for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

2015 Medicare Reimbursement Schedule and
Break-Even National Average, Non-Facility

  Procedure  CPT Code  Ave. Global Reimbursement
 Ultrasound, Extremity, Complete  76881
  Ultrasound Extremity, Limited (see below)  76882

Ultrasound Guidance for Needle Placement  



Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, major joint or bursa (eg, shoulder, hip, knee, subacromial bursa); with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting



Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, intermediate joint or bursa (eg, temporomandibular, acromioclavicular, wrist, elbow or ankle, olecranon bursa); with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting



Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, small joint or bursa (eg, fingers, toes); with ultrasound guidance, with permanent recording and reporting



Procedures Per Month

CPT Code   Reimbursement  Procedures/Mth Total/Mth  
  76881, 20611 209  20 4,108
20611  92 40 3,680
 76881 117 20 2,340
76882 36 40 1,440

      Gross/Mth $11,568

    Gross/Year $138,816

Procedures Per Month Required to Break-Even

Example Monthly Lease Payment ** Average Reimbursement  Procedures to Break-Even










Number of Procedures Required to Recoup Equipment Cost

Example Purchase Price 

**Average Reimbursement  # of Procedures 
$10,000   $96 104
$20,000     $96 208
$30,000    $96 312

76882 CPT Guidelines:

A limited, anatomic-specific ultrasound examination is performed primarily for evaluation of muscles, tendons, joints, and/or soft tissues. It is a limited examination where a specific anatomic structure such as a tendon or muscle [Moderator Note: or plantar fascia] is being assessed. The code would be used to evaluate a soft-tissue mass that may be present in an extremity where knowledge of its cystic or solid characteristic is needed.

  • Ultrasound gel at $20/gal should last ~ 6 months.
  • Use these CPT codes in conjunction with ICD-9 codes.
  • Claims for Bi-Lateral Extremity Ultrasound must have documentation to support its medical necessity. Use –50 modifier.
  • Global Amount is for Private Practice Physicians who own their equipment.

For example only, your reimbursements may be higher or lower depending on your location. Check with your local provider.