Nuclear Medicine Question for the Week of September 19, 2016

Question:

Question:

We are performing cardiac flow reserve (CFR) with cardiac PET/CT. Is this reimbursable and, if so, what code would I assign for this?

Answer:

Answer:

Unfortunately, there is no specific code for CFR. You would assign code 78492 for the cardiac PET/CT, and then unlisted code 78499 for performance of the flow reserve study.

78492 Myocardial imaging, positron emission tomography (PET), perfusion; multiple studies at rest and/or stress
78499 Unlisted cardiovascular procedure, diagnostic nuclear medicine