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What are echocardiogram CPT codes used for?

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Echocardiogram current procedural terminology codes are the uniform names that medical service providers use to report cardiovascular procedures and services to health insurance programs, according to the American Medical Association. The AMA, which developed the CPT nomenclature, periodically reviews and updates the codes and gives code users practical guidance.

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Echocardiogram and echocardiography CPT codes describe specific services or procedures related to studying and caring for the heart. For example, as of June 2015, CPT code 93303 refers to a complete transthoracic echocardiography for congenital cardiac anomalies, notes UnitedHealthcare Oxford. Doctors use echocardiography, which produces moving images of the heart, and echocardiograms, which show the organ's size, structure and movement, to diagnose and manage heart disease.

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