AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2001 Issue 3

Indications and limitations of coverage for electrocardiography

An electrocardiography is a non-invasive procedure, which records the electrical changes in the heart. A recording (electrocardiogram) of the electrical changes in the heart show a series of waves that relate to the electrical impulses which occur during each beat of the heart. It is noted that in individuals without symptoms related to the cardiovascular system, and without a known history of heart disease, the ECG/EKG has been employed as a screening examination for assessing possible cardiac pathophysiology. ECGs/EKGs can serve as a marker for the progression and /or severity of an underlying process and is therefore a valuable...

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