Intra-operative Duplex Studies. Are They Billable?

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Question:

After a fem-pop bypass or a carotid endarterectomy, I always do an intra-operative duplex to evaluate vessel patency. Can I report my supervision and interpretation of that duplex study?

Answer:

No, assessing success of an open procedure, i.e., evaluating vessel patency, whether the procedure is a bypass, endarterectomy, etc, is part of the procedure and not separately reported. It is considered an integral part of the primary procedure.

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