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    Can you tell me what the 1997 guidelines where it says that you can count EACH X-ray ordered each point for Data Reviewed points.

    Example: Chest x-ray was negative, Lower extremity x-ray showed fracture, CT Scans wee ordered..


    Do you count that 1 point for x-ray, 1 point for lower x-ray, and 1 for CT scan ordered.

    If wrong or write can you point me in right direction to show them this...

    Thanks,

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    Dr. Jensen's website (E/M University) states it well...


    Data Points

    The “amount and complexity of the data reviewed” are quantified by referring to the following table:

    Data Reviewed Points

    Review or order clinical lab tests 1
    Review or order radiology test (except heart catheterization or echo) 1
    Review or order medicine test (PFTs, EKG, cardiac echo or catheterization) 1
    Discuss test with performing physician 1
    Independent review of image, tracing, or specimen 2
    Decision to obtain old records 1
    Review and summation of old records 2

    The physician should be aware that no “double dipping” is allowed. For example, if you review lab results and order labs during the same visit, you only get one point (not one point for ordering and one point for reviewing). This same rules applies to imaging studies or other medicine tests such as EKGs or PFTs. Commonly overlooked points are those garnered for obtaining or reviewing old records. If you do review old records, you must summarize your findings in the chart. It is not acceptable to just say, “Old records were reviewed.”

    http://emuniversity.com/MedicalDecision-Making.html

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    OKAY....

    so not one point for ordering each x-ray but one point for ordering x-rays period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitkatcoder View Post
    OKAY....

    so not one point for ordering each x-ray but one point for ordering x-rays period.
    Correct...

    Order of 2V CXR, 1V of shoulder, and 1V of the hip= 1 point

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    so here is a dumb question how do you decipher if it was an independent review of image....

    for example if he says bilateral lower extremity x-rays reveal talar dome fracture. chest x-ray was negative for pneumothorax.... would you intrepret that as an independent review of image? Or does he have to say have films and it showed..blah, blah...

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    also...i have something that says

    Independent visualization and interpretation of an image, EKG or laboratory specimen not reported for separate payment.
    Note: Each visualization and interpretation is allowed one point.

    so if I am coding for x-ray w/26 modifier I can NOT count this towards Reviewed data points because he is getting seperate payment correct?

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    Not a dumb question at all...

    An independent review is when your provider interprets and provides a formal interpretation of outside images (MRI, CT, etc) that someone else-outside the group- has already ordered and formally interpreted.

    Example: Within our practice, we have neurosurgeons. At the patient's initial visit, the surgeon reviews an outside CD (MRI, CT, etc). Our surgeons reviews the images and provides a formal interpretation of the scan. This is considered an independent review.
    Last edited by RebeccaWoodward*; 09-17-2010 at 01:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccawoodward View Post
    Not a dumb question at all...

    An independent review is when your provider interprets and provides a formal interpretation of outside images (MRI, CT, etc) that someone else-outside the group- has already ordered and formally interpreted.

    Example: Within our practice, we have neurosurgeons. At the patient's initial visit, the surgeon reviews an outside CD (MRI, CT, etc). Our surgeons reviews the images and provides a formal interpretation of the scan. This is considered an independent review.
    Rebecca: What about reviewing an EKG or cxr? At our institution, no one reads the EKG's ordered in house or telemetry. I read my own tracings. Often, I read my own chest films as they won't be read until the following day (officially) by a Radiologist. I have been counting EKG's, plain films and telemetry. Is this wrong?

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    If a provider bills for the global component or the professional component only, credit should not be given (independent vis.) if the provider is being paid for the interp.

    Excerpt from DG's:

    The direct visualization and independent interpretation of an image, tracing or specimen previously or subsequently interpreted by another physician should be documented.


    https://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/Downloads/MASTER1.pdf
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    An interpretation is “independent” when it is separate from and in addition to a primary interpretation performed by another physician. Below is a Q/A from Highmark-


    Highmark:

    Q: If a provider is billing for the professional component of a test in the radiology and/or medicine section of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Manual and an Evaluation & Management (E/M) procedure code on the same date of service, should that physician receive credit under the Independent Visualization of an image, specimen or tracing component in the Amount and /or Complexity of Data Reviewed Section of the Medical Decision Making key component of an E/M?

    A: If the provider is billing separately for the interpretation of a test in the radiology and/or medicine section of the CPT, then that same physician should not take credit for the independent visualization of that test in the Amount and /or Complexity of Data Reviewed Section of the Medical Decision Making key component of an E/M.

    If the provider is not billing separately for the interpretation of the test or the test was performed by another provider and that physician is independently visualizing the test, then the provider may take credit for the independent visualization of that test in the Amount and /or Complexity of Data Reviewed Section of the Medical Decision Making key component of an E/M.

    https://www.highmarkmedicareservices...alization.html

    This is often a debatable subject and I always recommend contacting your carrier for their recommendations.

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    http://www.emuniversity.com/COW/case022409.pdf

    Another question... admistrator is totally disagreeing with me regarding counting Data Reviewed Points. This link was sent to me and if you look at it shows they are counting each one..

    One point for labs, two points for reviewing the CT scan (and recording interpretation in the note). Also two points each for reviewing the MRI and the EKG. One point for ordering the carotid doppler studies. This adds up to a whole lot of data points (8 data points to be exact!).

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