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dates of service for radiology

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    Default dates of service for radiology
    Medical Coding Books
    May I ask if for the professional component you are using the date of the reading or the date the film was taken? I am hearing conflicting reports.

    Thank you!


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    Medicare changed the date of service for Radiology interpretations from the date the technical component is performed, to the date the interpretation is read. However they later rescinded it and I have not seen anything on it since.

    I use what ever the signature date is on the interpretation report.
    Mickie Kummer, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, AAPC Fellow

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    Thank you for your response. I have been asking Trailblazer's the answer to this question and so far they are unable to tell me. I have been pushed to Tier 3 and they have 25 days to contact me.

    Do your physicians always sign on the date that they read the report? I know mine will sign Friday's on Monday.

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    Just a heads up I am still researching this. I have Trailblazer's telling me they have had the policy of billing date of interpretation since 2006. ACR is looking into it and CMS is looking into it as well. I will post the answer in case anyone is interested.

    I am really scared that when I posted the question more people are unable to answer this question. I think most are not confident in what to use.


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