Ultrasound Question for the Week of June 13, 2016

Question:

Question:

When billed with an echocardiogram, LUMASON® (sulfur hexafluoride lipid-type A microspheres) for injectable suspension code Q9950 has pass-through status and is separately paid to outpatient hospitals. When billed with liver ultrasound code 76705, will it also be paid separately? 

Answer:

Answer:

The pass-through payment applies whenever Q9950 is billed, regardless of the exam being performed.  The payment is for the product, not the clinical indication.