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    Question Medicare Reimbursement for EKG's

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    HI ALL...I NEED SOME HELP HERE. I AM A NEW BILLER/CODER AND I'M HAVING TROUBLE GETTING REIMBURSED FOR EKG'S DONE IN DOC'S OFFICE.

    IS THERE A V CODE OR SPECIAL MODIFIER THAT I NEED TO SUBMIT WITH CODE 93000? ANY AND ALL HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

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    What is the denial reason? If you have a covered diagnosis and have box 17 and 17b filed in then there really shouldn't be any problems!
    Herbie W Lorona Jr., CPC, CPC-H
    hlorona@up2parmedicalclinic.com

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    Hello:

    The V72.81 - Pre-operative cardiovascular examination can be used for a pre-op EKG in the absence of a sign or symptom.

    Check with your Medicare carrier to see if they have a policy on EKG to ensure you are coding and listing your diagnoses correctly on the claim form.
    Jill Tom, COC, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I
    East Valley Kachina Coders
    East Valley Mesa, AZ AAPC Local Chapter
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    jillmtom@yahoo.com

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    In PA we have to code the 93000 for Medicare patients as 93005 and 93010. I don't know why they want it seperated out, but we do and we get paid for them. You do not have to use the TC and 26 modifiers with these codes.

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    Default Medicare EKG

    For EKGs (in Washington) there is a LCD to for EKGs. There must be a specific dx or symptom as to why the EGK is being done considered medically necessary from the LCD for reimbursement. Pre-op EKGs are never paid for if that is the only reason it is being done.
    Jeannie Ryder, CPC, CEMC
    AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

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    In CT there is an LCD for EKG's. You can go to your carriers website and look up the LCD, it will give you the covered diagnoses. V72.81 was a covered dx until 8/08 now it is not covered. Like any procedure there must be a medically necessary reason to do the EKG. If you're having trouble with another carrier, try their website. Most carriers have sections that list what procedures are covered and the rationale.

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    Talking Ekg and medicare

    Thank you all so much for your replies!!!! You gave me some good options to check out.:d

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