Intra-operative Duplex Studies. Are They Billable?


March 29, 2014


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?


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.