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Outpatient Office Stress Echo

Chris Posted Tue 01st of October, 2019 12:16:54 PM
A stress echo is performed in office and the equipment is owned by the office and one provider performs the test, while another provider provides the reporting of the test. For the performing provider is it correct to use CPT 93351 TC, 93325 TC and 93320 TC while the provider that is completing the report would use CPT 93351 26, 93325 26 and 93320 26? In reading of other posts, it is unclear if other CPT codes should be used instead such as 93350 and/or 93018 by the reporting physician. Looking for clarification of coding of office outpatient stress echo with one provider simply performing/supervising the test while another physician remotely reads and reports.
SuperCoder Answered Thu 03rd of October, 2019 06:18:41 AM

Hi Chris,

It is appropriate to use CPT 93351, 93325, and 93320 with modifier 26 and TC in office visit.

Whereas, we do not attach modifier -26 (Professional component) or -TC (Technical component) to cardiac stress test codes 93015-93018 because the CPT descriptors break out the components already.

Hope it helps.

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