In Coding
Jun 7th, 2018
  Q What is proper coding if an anesthesiologist performs perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), 93355? Per the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI), TEE is bundled to the primary anesthesia service (00560), which results in non-payment of the TEE when reporting both services. A The short answer is, in the scenario described, compliant coding is 00560 ...
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 ...
In Billing
Sep 22nd, 2010
by: Sara M. Lamb In our practice, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, we typically bill for transesophageal echocardiograms (TEEs), which are performed intraoperatively by our anesthesiologists during certain cardiac procedures. For these procedures, the indication for the TEE is typically mitral, aortic, or tricuspid valve regurgitation and/or stenosis. In some cases, such as a pericardial window creat...
In Billing
Aug 25th, 2010
by: Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CANPC, CMBSI, CMRS, Business Administrator, Anesthesia Specialists at Sentara Heart Hospital Transesophageal Echocardiography An anesthesiologist may use transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for monitoring and/or diagnostic purposes. To establish conditions such as myocardial ischemia or cardiac valve disorders, the anesthesiologist will be utilizing ...
In Billing
Aug 17th, 2010
by:  Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CANPC, CMBSI, CMRS Business Administrator, Anesthesia Specialists at Sentara Heart Hospital Transesophageal Echocardiography An anesthesiologist may use transesophageal  echocardiography (TEE) for monitoring and/or diagnostic purposes. To establish conditions such as myocardial ischemia or cardiac valve disorders, the anesthesiologist will be utilizing...