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Claim Payment Policy


Title:Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) Reported with Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI)

Policy #:03.02.12c

This policy is applicable to the Company’s commercial products only. Policies that are applicable to the Company’s Medicare Advantage products are accessible via a separate Medicare Advantage policy database.

Application of Claim Payment Policy is determined by benefits and contracts. Benefits may vary based on product line, group or contract. Medical necessity determination applies only if the benefit exists and no contract exclusions are applicable. Individual member benefits must be verified.

In products where members are able to self-refer to providers for care and services, members are advised to use participating providers in order to receive the highest level of benefits.When services can be administered in various settings, the Company reserves the right to reimburse only those services that are furnished in the most appropriate and cost-effective setting that is appropriate to the member’s medical needs and condition. This decision is based on the member’s current medical condition and any required monitoring or additional services that may coincide with the delivery of this service.

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Policy

When an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) (12-lead or more) procedure code (93000, 93005, 93010) is reported with a code representing single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) (78451, 78452), and performed on the same date of service by the same provider, both codes are processed for separate reimbursement consideration.

Inclusion of a code in this policy does not imply reimbursement. Eligibility, benefits, limitations, exclusions, precertification/referral requirements, provider contracts, and Company policies apply.
Guidelines

This claim payment rationale applies only to the code combinations addressed within this policy and does not apply to any other code combinations. Claims are processed according to the statements in this policy.

Inclusion of a code in this policy does not imply reimbursement. Eligibility, benefits, limitations, exclusions, precertification/referral requirements, provider contracts, and Company policies apply.

The table below depicts the claims processing outcome when an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) code (column 1) is reported with a code representing single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) (column 2). This table is a complete list of applicable codes.

WHEN A CODE IN COLUMN 1 IS REPORTED WITH A CODE IN COLUMN 2, BOTH CODES ARE PROCESSED FOR SEPARATE REIMBURSEMENT CONSIDERATION
COLUMN I

ECG/EKG
COLUMN 2

SPECT FOR MPI
OUTCOME
93000
78451
93000, 78451
93005
78451
93005, 78451
93010
78451
93010, 78451
93000
78452
93000, 78452
93005
78452
93005, 78452
93010
78452
93010, 78452


MEDICARE
This policy is consistent with Medicare Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits.
Description

A twelve-lead electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) records the electrical impulses that stimulate the contractions of the heart and can indicate dysfunctions that influence the conduction ability of the myocardium (cardiac muscle).

Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) provides slices of three-dimensional images of internal anatomy and blood flow. Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is the assessment of blood flow through the heart muscle under stress and/or rest conditions.
References


CC+Edit™[computer program]. NTIS Version 13.1, Release .01. MIT Solutions, Inc.; Copyright 2001-2006.

Empire Medicare Services. Article: Cardiovascular nuclear medicine - Coding guidelines for Local Coverage Determination (LCD) L3865. [Empire Medicare Services Web site]. Original: 05/02/94 (Revised: 01/01/07). Available at: http://www.empiremedicare.com/newjpolicy/policy/l3865_final_guideline.htm. Accessed February 25, 2008.

Empire Medicare Services. Local Coverage Determination (LCD). L3865: Cardiovascular nuclear medicine. [Empire Medicare Services Web site]. Original: 05/02/94 (Revised: 02/01/08). Available at: http://www.empiremedicare.com/newjpolicy/policy/l3865_final.htm. Accessed February 25, 2008

Encoder Pro Expert [computer program]. Version 5.1.0C. (with Medicare CCI edits from Version 13.3.) Ingenix, Inc.; 2007.



Coding

Inclusion of a code in this table does not imply reimbursement. Eligibility, benefits, limitations, exclusions, precertification/referral requirements, provider contracts, and Company policies apply.

The codes listed below are updated on a regular basis, in accordance with nationally accepted coding guidelines. Therefore, this policy applies to any and all future applicable coding changes, revisions, or updates.

In order to ensure optimal reimbursement, all health care services, devices, and pharmaceuticals should be reported using the billing codes and modifiers that most accurately represent the services rendered, unless otherwise directed by the Company.

The Coding Table lists any CPT, ICD-9, ICD-10, and HCPCS billing codes related only to the specific policy in which they appear.

CPT Procedure Code Number(s)

78451, 78452, 93000, 93005, 93010


Professional and outpatient claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015, must be billed using ICD-9 codes. Professional and outpatient claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, must be billed using ICD-10 codes.

Facility/Institutional inpatient claims with a date of discharge on or before September 30, 2015, must be billed with ICD-9 codes. Facility/Institutional inpatient claims with a date of discharge on or after October 1, 2015, must be billed with ICD-10 codes.


ICD-10 Procedure Code Number(s)

N/A


Professional and outpatient claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015, must be billed using ICD-9 codes. Professional and outpatient claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, must be billed using ICD-10 codes.

Facility/Institutional inpatient claims with a date of discharge on or before September 30, 2015, must be billed with ICD-9 codes. Facility/Institutional inpatient claims with a date of discharge on or after October 1, 2015, must be billed with ICD-10 codes.


ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Number(s)

N/A


HCPCS Level II Code Number(s)

N/A


Revenue Code Number(s)

N/A

Coding and Billing Requirements



Policy History

Effective 10/05/2017 this policy has been updated to the new policy template
format.
Version Effective Date: 09/24/2012
Version Issued Date: 09/24/2012
Version Reissued Date: N/A

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