tci Part B Insider - 2007 Issue 30

READER QUESTIONS: You Can Always Bill Diagnostic Tests After A Surgery

Study up on the global package to make sure you don't miss payable servicesQuestion: Our cardiologist implants pacemakers, which have a 90-day global period. I know that x-rays are paid for during the global period of orthopedic surgery. Does Medicare pay for an EKG during the global period?  Answer: All diagnostic tests in the global period are separately payable, says Jan Rasmussen with Professional Coding Solutions in Eau Claire, WI. Pacemaker and defibrillator implantations are considered -major- surgical procedures, says Jim Collins, president of The Cardiology Coalition in Saratoga Springs, NY. These do have 90-day global periods. But...

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