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 ...
Mar 1st, 2009
Five steps is all you need for modifier 25 claim success. By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Misuse of modifier 25 Significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service is among the most common coding mistakes, costing medical practices millions each year ...
Aug 1st, 2008
By Jim Collins, CPC, CPC-CARDIO, ACS-CA, CHCC Transthoracic echocardiography is an important tool used to assess the structure and function of the heart. Although the test is non-invasive and introduces virtually no risk to the patient, it provides a wealth of information that frequently alters the course of patient management. Echocardiography is one of the ...