ASE is pleased to announce the creation of a much needed new interventional transesophageal echocardiography code for use beginning in 2015! This code, 93355, is intended to be used to report TEE services during an interventional procedure. This code includes guidance, real-time image acquisition, documentation and interpretation during transcatheter intracardic procedures.
For well over a year ASE has dedicated significant resources including numerous volunteers who have worked to establish this essential new interventional TEE code. This code more accurately reflects the time and effort of the echocardiographer during these procedures. Working with several other societies, ASE was able to collect and present compelling evidence that the existing codes do not actually reflect the physician work, time and intensity required during an interventional procedure and show that new code was needed.
The new code language can be found in the 2015 CPT Book the AMA has just released. The final obstacle is to have CMS release appropriate valuations in the 2015 final Medicare fee schedule this November. While there is no guarantee that CMS will accept the RUC’s recommendations, this is still a very positive step in ensuring our members’ work is properly coded.
ASE is committed to advocating to create an environment for excellence in the quality and practice of cardiovascular ultrasound. This effort is just one example of ASE ensuring your voice is heard and that your patients have access to the care they need.