August 2015


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Bill Schroedter <[log in to unmask]>
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UVM Flownet <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:22:36 -0400
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You are basically correct Christina.  Frank may chime in but we were advised (as I remember by Bill Saraille)  that it is OK to put possible diagnoses on the order sheet to choose from, but if you choose to do so, you must also have some diagnoses or indications listed that would be unacceptable for reimbursement under the Contactor LCD policy. Otherwise, it could be construed as what is known as code steering - a no-no.  We simply have a line where the indication must be written in by the ordering physician.  And yes, you sure are correct about too many ICD-10 codes.  


William B Schroedter, BS, RVT, RPhS, FSVU
Quality Vascular Imaging, Inc
Venice, Florida
(941) 408-8855

-----Original Message-----
From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Christina Lewis
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 6:08 PM
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Subject: Diagnosis code on order

I've tried searching the archives, but my browser keeps crashing, so I apologize if this has been discussed before.  I have a provider who asked me to add ICD-10 diagnosis codes to our order form, so outside providers know what to circle.  Aside from the fact that there are just too many codes to do this, I am under the impression that it is a no no to list acceptable diagnosis codes directly on the order form, because this can prompt ordering providers to circle codes that may not apply to their patient.  Does anyone have more knowledge on this subject?  I've been told that we are already toeing the line with our "for example" indications, such as swelling, claudication, etc., but I'd like to know where this information is coming from, so I can give my provider more information than, "Uhhh, I don't think we can do that."

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