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Medicare - Louisiana Newsletter Ref. November, 1998  LAB98-05, Page 36.

Diagnostic Ultrasound & Echocardiography
Certification and Accreditation
CPT Codes 76506 - 76999 & 93303 - 93350

Effective 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.

Examples 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.

CPT Code Certification
76505, 76800   RDMS: Neurosonology
76511 - 76529 RDMS: Ophthalmology, or COMT
76536, 76645-76775, and 76870-76880 RDMS: Abdomen
76805-76857, 76941, & 76945-76948 RDMS: Obstetrics & Gynecology
93303 - 93350  RDCS: Adult or Pediatric Echocardiography, or RCVT: Noninvasive Cardiac

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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