The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have implemented National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits version 26.0. NCCI edits version 26.0 is in effect for dates of service January 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020.
One significant change with this version involves a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and a radiologist collaborating to perform a motion fluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing function by cine or video recording (modified barium status study). Effective with NCCI version 26.0, CPT code 74230 (Radiologic examination, swallowing function, with cineradiography/videoradiography) will not be
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Is there any work around for this issue? Is there a different CPT code that the speech pathologist could use?
Do you expect this edit to be corrected by April 1st as well as the 97530 edit?
Impossible to predict.