Coding for FAST Exams

Coding for FAST Exams

May 27, 2021

Question:
I was told I cannot bill for FAST exams done in the ED for a trauma patient, if permanent recordings of the images are not retained. Is that correct?

Answer:
Yes. All diagnostic ultrasounds require 1) a separate interruption of the structures visualized and the findings in each and 2) a permanent recording of the images.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 5/27/21.

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