The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) announces a white paper on implementing a liver contrast program in the sonography laboratory.

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) announces a white paper on implementing a liver contrast program in the sonography laboratory.

In 2016 the FDA approved CEUS to image and characterize liver lesions as benign or malignant using gray-scale sonography. The technique includes the intravenous (IV) administration of a gas microbubble that the vascular system disperses to the liver, thus enabling liver lesion characterization. With the inclusion of CEUS to live imaging protocols, interpreter accuracy has been shown to improve to 88% over a baseline of 35% with gray-scale sonography alone.
The white paper details how CEUS works, the planning required to (read more…)

2019 Coding and Payment Chart

2019 Coding and Payment Chart

ICUS is pleased to offer a handy, easy-to-use summary of new and updated coding and payment information effective in the United States on January 1, 2019.

The ICUS Coding and Payment chart shows:

  • All non-cardiac CEUS – Now covered by Category 1 CPT codes.
  • Cardiac CEUS – Now covered by updated CPT codes.

The 2019 ICUS Coding and Payment chart provides information for illustrative purposes only and neither interprets payer policy nor guarantees payment. Reimbursement amounts are Medicare national averages for CY 2019. Actual payments are site-specific and will differ from examples provided. Providers are solely responsible for exercising independent clinical judgment in selecting the code(s) that most accurately reflect a patient’s condition and the procedure(s) performed.