Charge up your ECG documentation
Physicians often use computer-generated electrocardiogram (ECG) reports as the baseline for their own interpretation and report. Computer-generated ECG reports, alone, do not meet the requirements to code and bill for the professional component of an ECG. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires a “separate” interpretation report and signature from the ordering provider. Additionally, applying modifiers to ECG codes inappropriately may lead to reimbursement challenges.
Routine ECG Reporting
Services described by 93000-93010 generally involve placement of six leads on the patient’s chest, and another six leads placed between the patient’s extremities. The heart’s electrical activity generates a current that spreads to the skin; electrical activity sent from the sinoatrial node through the heart is traced/recorded and reviewed.
You should not apply modifiers 26 Professional component or TC Technical component to these ECG codes because CPT® has already broken down 93000-93010 into professional and technical components, as shown below.
93000 Electrocardiogram, routine ECG with at least 12 leads; with interpretation and report
93005 Electrocardiogram, routine ECG with at least 12 leads, tracing only, without interpretation and report.
93010 Electrocardiogram, routine ECG with at least 12 leads, interpretation and report only.
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