Apr 1st, 2013
By Janice G. Jacobs, CPA, CPC, CPCO, CCS, ROCC In 1997, the American Medical Association (AMA) added codes to the echocardiology section of the CPT® codebook to further define echocardiograms when performed with a confirmed congenital anomaly. Although the intent was to identify a special situation that does not fall into the normal echocardiology realm, ...
Aug 1st, 2012
By Sarah Todt, RN, CPC, CPMA, CEDC Ultrasound technology has evolved with recent changes allowing for these diagnostic studies to be performed at the patient’s bedside. The machines are more portable and affordable than ever, which has led to increased use of services. Many residency programs require training in the performance and interpretation of bedside ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CANPC, CPC-I, CMRS A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) uses an ultrasound transducer positioned on an endoscope and guided into the patient’s esophagus to visualize the heart’s valves and chambers without interference from the ribs or lungs. An anesthesiologist may use TEE as a diagnostic tool to establish conditions ...