- Louisiana Newsletter Ref. November, 1998 LAB98-05,
Ultrasound & Echocardiography
Codes 76506 - 76999 & 93303 - 93350
January 1, 1997, all procedures must be either (1) performed
by, or under the direct supervision of, persons that have
demonstrated minimum entry level competency by being credentialed
in the specific type of procedure being performed, or (2)
performed in laboratories accredited in the specific type
of evaluation. Direct supervision requires the credentialed
individuals physical presence in the facility during the examination.
of appropriate personnel certification include the Registered
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential, the Registered
Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) credential, the Registered
Cardiovascular Technologist (RCVT) credential, or the Certified
Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) credential. Each credential
must include the specialty area for the examination being
performed. Some examples of appropriate specialty areas for
specific Current Procedural Terminology
(CPT) codes are listed below.
Ophthalmology, or COMT
76645-76775, and 76870-76880
76941, & 76945-76948
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Adult or Pediatric Echocardiography, or RCVT: Noninvasive
Appropriate laboratory accreditation includes the Ultrasound
Practice Accreditation Commission (UPAC) of the American Institute
of Ultrasound in Medicine and the Intersocietal Commission
for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
Each accreditation must include the specialty area for the
examination being performed.
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