When billing for diagnostic ultrasound and USFNA, thorough supporting documentation is essential, and the images must be retained as part of the patient’s medical record. The authors do caution that ultrasound cannot be billed as a screening tool or as part of the general physical examination.
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Based on current Medicare reimbursement for the appropriate CPT codes, the authors of the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery study determined that if one USFNA is performed per week, and one diagnostic ultrasound is performed each weekday, it would offset a $30,000 equipment purchase and certification cost in one year.
The indications for ultrasound in otolaryngology are well recognized. Because ultrasound is noninvasive, there really are no risks or contraindications to its use. In-office ultrasound can provide otolaryngologists with better information more quickly and reduce the anxiety of patients in a convenient, cost-effective manner. The incorporation of this technology into the office setting offers the opportunity to better utilize it to full diagnostic advantage.
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