ECHO (echocardiogram of heart)

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Procedure: ECHO (echocardiogram of heart)
CCI Picklist code: 3.IP.30
CCI Collection Mode: CCI collect each


This procedure is a part of CCI Collection via CCI Picklist.

Additional Info

  • Included in this code are formal echos (including with doppler, bubbles, other contrast echo at rest) done either at bedside or in the Echo Lab by cardiology as explained below.
  • So, do NOT count the following echos:

Collecting "CCI collect each" items

  • "CCI collect each" items are entered each time they happen
  • If they happen more than once on a day, enter the number of times as Px Count for that day, otherwise enter a Px Count of 1

Code only if done by Radiology or Cardiology

  • Code diagnostic imaging procedures only if performed by Radiology or Cardiology for which there is an order.
    • Examples: a bedside echo done by a cardiology tech should be coded, but a bedside echo done by the ICU fellow should not be coded. An echo done informally by the cardiology team (i.e. informal in that no actual order was put in for it) should not be coded.

Multiple Views or Sequences at one sitting

  • When a single imaging modality is used to look at a single body segment, then this is counted as ONE imaging study, even if during that study there are multiple views, or sequences, etc.
    • e.g. if a AXR (abdominal plain X-ray) or CXR (plain film) film comprises multiple views/films done at one sitting, only count it as ONE.
    • e.g. if an MRI is done and several different sequences are done of the same body part, that counts as ONE.
    • e.g. if a cardiac echo is done and they do both 2-D, M-mode, Doppler, and contrast-enhanced, this counts as ONE.
    • these examples hold for all types of imaging procedures, as long as they're of the same body part.

Guideline about Coding CCI vs ICD10 imaging codes

  • There are a set of "imaging codes" in ICD10, but these are not to code that an imaging test was performed, but to code that a result was abnormal --- and like all the ICD10 codes for abnormal symptoms or signs or test results, they are mainly to be used when the actual diagnosis CAUSING the abnormal findings is not known.

ICD10 Imaging diagnoses and other diagnoses that require imaging should be coded together with corresponding Imaging Pxs, where we have a code for them. Coding both is not redundant because the ICD10 will only be coded for abnormal results, and we don't have CCI coding options for every kind of imaging. Coding both as appropriate will cover all the ways we are interested in this data.

Alternate CCIs to consider coding instead or in addition

Other procedure in cardiac:
 Has CCI Picklist CodeHas CCI 1 CodeHas CCI 2 Code
(T) Aortic Valve, Related Structures1.HV
(T) Cardiac Atrium1.HM
(T) Cardiac Conduction System1.HH
(T) Cardiac ventricle1.HP
(T) Coronary Arteries1.IJ
(T) Coronary Vessels, NOS1.IL
(T) Heart, NOS1.HZ
(T) Interatrial Septum1.HN
(T) Interventricular Septum1.HR
(T) Mitral Valve, Related Structures1.HU
(T) Other or Unknown Part of Body1.^^
(T) Pericardium1.HA
(T) Pulmonic Valve, Related Structures1.HT
(T) Total Body1.ZZ
(T) Tricuspid Valve, Related Structures1.HS
Angiogram, aortic (any part of aorta)3.ID.10.V^
Angiogram, artery NOS (except specifically coded)3.KV.10.VX
Angiogram, coronary (diagnostic cardiac catheterization)3.IP.10.V^
Angiogram, pulmonary artery (pulmonary arteriogram)3.IM.10.V^
Angiogram, vein3.KX.10.VC
Angioplasty, coronary (with stenting)1.IJ.50.GQ-OA
Angioplasty, coronary (without stenting)1.IJ.50.GQ-BD
Cardiac CT or Cardiac CT angiogram (with or without coronary arteries)3.IP.20
Cardiac MRI3.IP.40
Cardiac electrophysiology study2.HZ.24.GP-KM
Cardiac nuclear scan (e.g. MUGA)3.IP.70
Cardiac stress test (any kind)2.HZ.08
Cardioversion (EXCLUDE defibrillation-we are not tracking)1.HZ.09
Right heart catheterization, in cardiac cath lab2.HZ.28.GP-PL
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