AMA CPT® Assistant - 2014 Issue 7 (July)

Medicine: Cardiovascular (Q&A) (July 2014)

July 2014 page 9a Medicine: Cardiovascular Question: The CPT code set includes codes for both "complete" and "limited/follow-up" transthoracic echocardiography with a description of the elements of a complete transthoracic study in the introductory language. However, there is no separate code for complete vs limited/follow-up studies for transesophageal (93312-93315) and stress echocardiography (93350, 93351) services. When a transesophageal or stress echocardiogram echocardiography study does not evaluate all structures required for a complete transthoracic study, does the provider have to append modifier 52? Answer: Currently, the introductory language in the CPT codebook does not define required elements of transesophageal echocardiography...

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