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Senator Uresti Event hosted by Dr. Fernando and Martha Lopez


Problems with the New Nuclear Cardiology Codes?

Effective January 1, 2010, the billing for myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT and planar) has changed. Practices must use CPT® codes (78451-78454) to report these procedures.  Is your practice using the new codes and having problems with getting paid or receiving correct reimbursement for your nuclear cardiology studies? If you are having difficulties or questions, please let us know at the ACC Payer Hassle Factor Form.

New Nuclear Cardiology codes: What you should know

• The new 2010 Cardiology CPT® Codes
• Insurer contracts: Provisions in your insurer contracts that may affect reimbursement

  1. Is there language in the contract that governs the fee schedule? Is this language linked to a specific year?
  2. Does the contract incorporate CMS changes automatically?
  3. Is reimbursement tied to Work RVUs only, or are practice expenses and practice liability insurance also included?
  4. Does the contract require advance notice for fee schedule changes?

For more tips for reviewing your provider contracts, please visit the MPI Coding: Assessing the Current Situation Page.

Press Release: December 3, 2009

Gov. Perry: The Future of Innovation and Technology is in Texas


Other Advocacy News

Click here to view the testimonies FOR and AGAINST HB 2599.

                Photo by Jim Lincoln

ACC Campaign for Patient Access
Texas Election Guide

Click here to view the letter to Senator Cornyn regarding Health Care Reform

Below are letters to the State Health Services in response to errors in proposed rules.
Click here to view the letter from Rick Snyder, MD.
Click here to view the letter from the Presidents of Texas Chapter - American College of Cardiology, Texas Medical Association, and Texas Neurological Society.



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