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Limited echo prior to stress echo

mfanning

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Hi -

I am looking for opinions on this issue.

If a physician performs a limited echo to determine if a patient has good "echo windows" (i.e. will the image be clear) in anticipation of a full stress echo to be done on another day, can we bill for that limited echo?

I am hearing opinions on both sides.

Thanks!

Maryann, CPC
 

deeva456

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If the doctor is doing a limited echo just to access "echo windows" to prepare for a stress echo at a later date, then no he should not bill for it. This brings up the question; Is it medically necessary to do a limited echo prior to a stress echo? if the answer is no, then do not bill for it.
 
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