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    If a patient presents to the office for a screening mammogram and based on the results the radiologist decides that a diagnostic mammogram is needed and the diagnositic mammo is performed at the same encounter or later the same day at different encounters, do you need to obtain a physician's or provider's order to perform the diagnostic mammo? Thanks.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P
    Compliance Auditor

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    Per the November 2001 ACR Bulletin: A physician who meets the statutory qualification requirements for an interpreting physician may order a diagnostic mammogram on the basis of the findings of a screening mammogram even though the physician does not treat the beneficiary.

    I hope this helps.

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    Would a radiologist be classifed as an "interpreting physician?"
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P
    Compliance Auditor

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