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Cardiology

For the Week of March 23, 2015

Question:

Our cardiologist includes the interpretation of the stress test within the nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan report. Does that suffice to bill the professional component (PC) of EKG interpretation / treadmill interpretation? Or is a separate report required if PC billing is permitted?

Answer:

The interpretation of the stress test, whether pharmacological or by treadmill, can be part of the nuclear medicine exam interpretation. However, the stress test portion must be clearly separated so that an auditor can determine that the physician dictating the nuclear medicine interpretation actually supervised/interpreted the stress test and is not just reporting findings by someone else.

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