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  1. Question 93320 & 93325 denied-My doc
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    My doc billed 93312-26,93320-26,93325-26,93306-26. Everything was paid except 93320 &93325. Can someone help me understand/determine whether these are separately reportable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coders_rock! View Post
    My doc billed 93312-26,93320-26,93325-26,93306-26. Everything was paid except 93320 &93325. Can someone help me understand/determine whether these are separately reportable?

    Thanks!
    Did they deny 93320/93325 due to an LCD issue? I know a lot of the carriers have only specific codes they will reimburse for when billing those codes.

    Did you bill these services on the same claim, meaning, the Echo and TEE together? They are not bundled to each other, however, if you billed them on the same claim I bet their system kicked it back. Since 93306 already includes 93320/93325 they probably assumed it was being billed incorrectly and not taking into account there was also a TEE billed; you can still bill separately for 93320/93325.

    Not sure if that is the reason. But that's what I think. If it's Medicare I bet it's a delay tactic. They love those!
    Julie Graham, BA, CPC, CCC

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewlz0879 View Post
    Did they deny 93320/93325 due to an LCD issue? I know a lot of the carriers have only specific codes they will reimburse for when billing those codes.

    Did you bill these services on the same claim, meaning, the Echo and TEE together? They are not bundled to each other, however, if you billed them on the same claim I bet their system kicked it back. Since 93306 already includes 93320/93325 they probably assumed it was being billed incorrectly and not taking into account there was also a TEE billed; you can still bill separately for 93320/93325.

    Not sure if that is the reason. But that's what I think. If it's Medicare I bet it's a delay tactic. They love those!
    I agree with Julie. I think the issue is because you have a TEE being billed same day as a transthoracic echo and they think you are probably unbundling the doppler/color flow from the echo when it is really being billed in addition to the TEE. A -59 is needed on the 93320.26 and 93325.26 per CCI.

    Jessica CPC, CCC

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