Ultrasound Question for the Week of August 15, 2016

Question:

Question:

I am reviewing a cardiology echocardiogram 2D and see the following hospital charge:

C8929            Transthoracic echocardiography with contrast, or without contrast followed by with contrast, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, complete, with spectral Doppler echocardiography, and with color flow Doppler echocardiography

What charge is used on the professional side to bill this study?

Answer:

Answer:

HCPCS level II code C8929 is a used for outpatient hospital billing for a complete echocardiography with spectral and color flow Doppler, with contrast. The professional side would report the following CPT code (with modifier-26 for professional component only):

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