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"Franklin W. West" <[log in to unmask]>
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HCPCS 2002
A9700   Supply of injectable contrast material for use in echocardiography,
per study

Medicare Carrier's Manual
15360. ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY SERVICES (CODES 93303 - 93350)
A. Separate Payment for Contrast Media.--Effective October 1, 2000,
physicians may separately bill for contrast agents used in echocardiography.
Physicians should use HCPCS Code A9700 (Supply of injectable contrast
material for use in echocardiography, per study). The type of service code
is 9. This code will be carrier-priced.

If memory serves, the actual code number was altered effective 2001.

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Franklin W. West
PVI
425.398.7774 (voice)
425.486.8976 (fax)
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-----Original Message-----
From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On
Behalf Of Stanley, Jeff
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 6:33 AM
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Subject: Re: Renal Artery Duplex with Ultrasound Contrast


Do you eat the charge for using contrast for both renal art and echo
studies?  Or just renal art studies?  The echo sonographers here are looking
into contrast agents for the echo studies and are trying to find out about
reimbursement.  I asked the echo supervisor and she said that she has found
ICD-9 and CPT codes for using contrast agents  ???

Jeff Stanley BS,RVT
The Heart Group
Diagnostics-Vascular Lab
4230 Harding Road, Suite 330
Nashville, Tennessee 37205
(615) 565-6580
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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael, Dwight [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 6:52 AM
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Subject: Re: Renal Artery Duplex with Ultrasound Contrast


NO!  We have to eat the charge.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly Estes [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 7:14 PM
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Subject: Re: Renal Artery Duplex with Ultrasound Contrast


Michael

    How do you bill for it? Is it being reimbursed if you are billing?

Kelly Estes RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Technical Director
MMG Cardiology/Carolinas Healthcare Center
Charlotte, NC

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