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New 2009 Stress Echo codes

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMurphy28 View Post
    we are a private mds office and own equipement. currently we bill 93350 & 93015. do we have to bill 93351 rather than 93350 & 93015 or do we have to start billing 93351? Thank you in advance!

    PMurphy, Yes. Effective 1/1/09 you will report 93351 alone since it includes 93015 and 93350.

    This is my question, we do not own the equipment for the stress echo only
    (93350), so we would report 93350(26), 93016, 93017, and 93018. Am I correct?
    Evangelina Frohna, CPC, CEMC

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    Yes 93306 for 2009 now encompasses 93307, 93325 and 93320 into one code. and YES, a decrease in reimbursement occurred as well (about 25%!).

    93351 for 2009 includes 93015 and 93350 if you are billing globally in the office for the entire test performed by one physician. You would continue to use 93350 and 93015 if one doctor is interpreting the echo and another is interpreting the stress portion, although I am unsure if upcoming CCI edits may preclude this-- we'll have to wait and see.

    For hospital testing interps: You would continue to use 93350-26, 93016, 93018.

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