Cardiology Question for the Week of October 2, 2017

Cardiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

We are starting to perform pediatric echocardiograms, and I was wondering if the CPT® codes are the same for children as they are for adults. We use CPT code 93306 for adult echos; is that appropriate for pediatric exams as well?

Answer:

If you are doing echocardiograms for non-congenital conditions or suspected but not found congenital conditions, then it is correct to assign the following code:

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

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