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Claudia Benge <[log in to unmask]>
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UVM Flownet <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:16:32 -0500
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I apologize the information I was given was erroneous.  Claudia

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On Nov 30, 2010, at 2:35 PM, "Wise, Carol" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Claudia,
> I asked this question to SVU about mandatory vascular accreditation by 1/12.  Sandy Katanick responded back to me that this is not true.  It applies to CT and other modalities but not to Vascular (Care Bill)
> If you have other info please share your source.
> Thank you
> 
> 
> Carol Wise, RN, RVT, RDCS
> Technical Director, Vascular Laboratory
> Toccoa, GA 30557
> 
> ________________________________________
> From: UVM Flownet [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Barb B. Lemon [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:40 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: ABI's in remote locations
> 
> Hi Claudia, Could you please attach a link to the CMS site that spells out this new initiative for 2012?  I have repeated it, but would like the specific link to refer others to.  Thanks so much, Barb
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Benge, Claudia
> Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 4:18 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: ABI's in remote locations
> 
> Nancy,
> 1-1-2012 All vascular studies will need to be performed by an ICAVL or ACR accredited laboratory for payment by a federal or state government insurance plan.  (Medicare/Medicaid).
> PLEASE... never endorse a brachial stethoscope pressure compared to a Doppler ankle pressure.  It is apples/oranges big time..
> 
> If someone does not have the right equipment, education and documentation, they should NOT be performing any type of vascular diagnostic ultrasound examinations.  This is asking for problems.
> 
> 
> Claudia A. Benge
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nancy Williams
> Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:07 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: ABI's in remote locations
> 
> I have been asked if it is acceptable to record a manual Brachial and ankle
> pressure (for ABI), obtain (with the ultrasound machine) and PRINT Doppler
> waveforms and code under the #93922. No PVR's would be obtained.
> I could not find any specific language that says this is not acceptable by
> CMS. I said that it would not be acceptable at an ICAVL lab as it states the
> pressures must be obtained with Doppler, but, I wasn't sure about whether or
> not it was ok for a non ICAVL lab. Anybody have any info for me?
> 
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