Radiology Question for the Week of September 12, 2016

Question:

Question:

Our vascular surgeons who do interventional radiology (IR) procedures do not put the fluoroscopy time in the IR report but in their post-op notes. Does the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) require that the fluoroscopy time be documented in the imaging report itself?

Answer:

Answer:

The following is from the instructions for measure specification 145—Radiology: Exposure Time Reported for Procedures Using Fluoroscopy.

DENOMINATOR NOTE: The final report of the fluoroscopy procedure or fluoroscopy guided procedure includes the final radiology report, definitive operative report, or other definitive procedure report that is communicated to the referring physician, primary care physician, follow-up care team, and/or maintained in the medical record of the performing physician outside the EHR or other medical record of the facility in which the procedure is performed.