June 8, 2013

Echocardiogram CPT Codes Changes 2013

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EchoCardiogram is a painless procedure that cardiologists usually perform by the use of ultrasound procedures to produce a clear image of the inside of a patient’s heart. Echocardiogram CPTs changes are a part of new Cardiology CPT Codes 2013.

Echocardiogram procedure is highly essential in instances where accurate examination is needed of the inside of the heart. Echocardiography diagnostic tests use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to view the inside and outside of the heart, the pericardial sac that surrounds the heart, and the major blood vessels adjacent to the heart. The sound waves travel through the body and bounce off the tissues inside. The echoes from these waves are translated into an image on the display screen and stored as a permanent record. Echocardiography performed with a device that does not provide a permanent image may not be reported as an echocardiogram.

It is a test that is usually carried out to check the exact functioning of the heart by essentially looking at the chambers, valves and the main arteries. This test is not for seeing coronary arteries as they are extremely small.

Echocardiogram CPT Codes Changes 2013

Echocardiogram CPT Changes 2013

The CPT codes for Echocardiogram have essentially changed as from the beginning of the year with new being in use for the sole purpose of accurate billing of the insurance companies.

Below is a summery of adjusted CPT codes for Echocardiogram are aimed at ensuring accurate reimbursement of all the Echocardiogram procedures that a patient undergoes at any medical facility:
  1. CPT 93306: Echocardiography transthoracic real time with image documentation (2D) includes M-mode recording when performed, complete with spectral Doppler Echocardiography, and with color flow Doppler Echocardiography.

  2. CPT 93307: Echocardiography transthoracic real time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording when performed, complete with spectral Doppler Echocardiography

  3. CPT 93320: Doppler Echocardiography, pulsed wave and or continuous wave with spectral display (list separately in addition to codes for Echocardiography imaging) complete

  4. CPT 93321: Doppler Echocardiography, pulsed wave and or continuo’s wave with spectral display (list separately in addition to codes for Echocardiographic imaging); follow up or limited study

  5. CPT 93325: Doppler Echocardiography color flow velocity mapping (list separately in addition to codes for Echocardiography)

  6. CPT 93303: Transthoracic Echocardiographic for congenital cardiac anomalies

  7. CPT 93350: Echocardiography transthoracic real time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording when performed, during rest and cardiovascular stress test using treadmill, bicycle exercise or pharmacologically induced stress, with interpretation and report

  8. CPT 93015: Cardiovascular stress using maximal or sub maximal treadmill/bicycle exercise. Continuous electrocardiographic monitoring or pharmacological test

  9. CPT 93304: Transthoracic Echocardiography for congenital cardiac anomalies; follow or unlimited study

  10. CPT 93308: Echocardiography, transthoracic, real time with image documentation (2D) with or without M-mode recording; follow up or limited study`

  11. CPT 93312: Echocardiography transesophageal, real time with image documentation (2D) with or without M-mode recording including probe placement, image acquisition interpretation and report

  12. CPT 93314: Echocardiography transesophageal, real time with image documentation (2D) with or without M-mode recording including probe placement, image acquisition interpretation and report

  13. CPT 93320: Doppler Echocardiography, pulsed wave and/or continuous wave with spectral display (List separately in addition to codes for Echocardiographic imaging)

  14. CPT 93321: Doppler Echocardiography, pulse wave and/or continuous wave with spectral display (list separately in addition to codes for Echocardiography imaging); follow up or limited study (list separately in addition to codes for Echocardiographic imaging)

  15. CPT 933025: Doppler Echocardiography color flow velocity mapping (list separately in addition to codes for Echocardiography)
Some of the CPT Echocardiography codes look similar but greatly differ in terms of the payment structure they come with.

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