yes.. in echo contrast is reimbursable.  in vascular... it has not even been
approved and I have found some of the contrast companies won't even consider
vascular contrast unless your institution has an IRB.

      Is that true with those who are using it for vascular now ?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stanley, Jeff [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 8:33 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> 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
> [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael, Dwight [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 6:52 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 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
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 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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