X-ray Date of Service?

TammyHF

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What date of service do you use when physician owns x-ray equipment and take an x-ray but does not read the x-ray until a month later?
 

stephanie.moore@wdhospital.com

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We queried our MAC and their response was we could report the DOS the x-ray was performed or the date the x-ray was read. Due to system limitations we report the date the x-ray was performed and have a written policy for guidance on it. However, we also have an additional policy that would address the issue you are having with untimely reads. I would be concerned with this as Medicare has guidance on this:

“Medicare expects the documentation to be generated at the time of service or shortly thereafter. Delayed entries within a reasonable time frame (24 to 48 hours) are acceptable for purposes of clarification, error correction, the addition of information not initially available, and if certain unusual circumstances prevented the generation of the note at the time of service.”
 
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