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  • HIP Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Referral Payment Policy > Requirements for Echocardiography and Nuclear Studies

    EmblemHealth will reimburse cardiologists for approved echocardiography studies (CPT codes 93303, 93304, 93306, 93307, 93308, 93350 and 93351) and nuclear studies (CPT codes 78451, 78452, 78453, 78454, 78466, 78468, 78469, 78472, 78473, 78481, 78483 and 78494), but only if they are performed at accredited locations. Prior approval rules continue to apply where applicable.

    Accreditation for echocardiography studies requires both:

    1. Cardiology board certification of the physician by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) or American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) and
    2. That services are rendered in laboratories accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL)
    Accreditation for nuclear studies requires both:

    1. Certification of the physician by the American Board of Radiology (ABR), American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) or Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology (CBNC) and
    2. That services are rendered in laboratories accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories (ICANL) or American College of Radiology (ACR)

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    Glossary terms found on this page:

    An evaluative process in which a health care organization undergoes an examination of its policies and procedures to determine whether the procedures meet designated criteria as defined by the accrediting body, and to ensure that the organization meets a specified level of quality.

    A process by which a physician who has been tested for proficiency in a medical specialty or subspecialty, by a medical specialty board, has passed those tests and been certified as proficient in that medical specialty.

    A process in which an individual, an institution or educational program is evaluated and recognized as meeting certain predetermined standards. Certification usually applies to individuals; accreditation usually applies to institutions.

    The process of obtaining advanced approval of coverage for a health care service or medication. The request for services is reviewed to assess medical necessity and appropriateness of elective hospital admissions and non-emergency outpatient services before the services are provided. Also called pre-authorization or pre-certification or pre-determination.


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