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Cardiology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:

Set Yourself Up for Facility SPECT Success

Question: The cardiologist interpreted SPECT Cardiolite images, rest and stress, for a test performed at the hospital. The diagnosis was native coronary atherosclerosis. Which codes should I report? Maine Subscriber Answer: For the test, you should report only the interpretation. For rest and stress images, you should report 78452-26 (Myocardial perfusion imaging, tomographic [SPECT] [including attenuation correction, qualitative or quantitative wall motion, [...]