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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Medical and Nursing Specialists, Physicians, and Physician Assistants Handbook : 9 Physician : 9.2 Services, Benefits, Limitations, and Prior Authorization : 9.2.26 Diagnostic Tests : Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Electrocardiograms (ECG) are a benefit of Texas Medicaid when used for the evaluation and management (E/M) of a confirmed or suspected primary disease of the heart, pericardium, and coronary arteries or when necessary for management of diseases that are not primarily cardiac, but can affect the heart directly or indirectly.
ECGs are limited to six treatments for each client, by any provider per benefit period.
For ECGs, a benefit period is defined as 12 consecutive months, beginning with the month the client receives the first ECG.
The following procedure codes may be reimbursed for ECGs: 93000, 93005, 93010, 93040, 93041, and 93042.
Claims that are denied for exceeding the six-ECG limitation may be appealed with documentation supporting medical necessity. The documentation must include the following:
The report of the professional component (the interpretation) for the ECG must be a complete written report that includes relevant findings and appropriate comparisons.
The interpretation may appear on the actual tracing.
When the ECG is performed in conjunction with the performance of an evaluation and management (E/M) service, the interpretation may appear with a progress note or other report of the E/M service; however, if the ECG is billed as a separate service from the E/M service, the interpretation should contain the same information as a report made upon the tracing itself.
A simple notation of “ECG/EKG normal” without an accompanying tracing will not suffice as documentation of a separately payable interpretation.
Appropriate documentation, which includes a copy of the ECG tracing, must be kept in the client’s medical record. Documentation must support the medical necessity of the ECG. Documentation may appear on the actual tracing or with a progress note or report. Documentation is subject to retrospective review.
Only an ECG interpretation that directly contributes to the diagnosis and treatment of a client may be considered for reimbursement. Services, such as routine admission ECGs performed without medical indications, that do not directly contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of an individual client are not considered medically necessary.
Prior authorization is not required for ECGs performed in the emergency room or inpatient hospital setting.
Prior authorization is required for more than six ECGs in a rolling 12-month period.
Requests for additional ECGs must be submitted on the Special Medical Prior Authorization (SMPA) Request Form along with documentation of medical necessity.
Providers may request a prior authorization up to 12 months in advance. When requesting retroactive authorization, a provider must submit the request no later than 14 calendar days after the ECG is completed.
Before submitting a prior authorization request for an ECG, a provider must have a completed SMPA Request Form that has been signed and dated by a physician who is familiar with the client. The completed SMPA Request Form must include the procedure codes and numerical quantities for the services requested. The completed SMPA Request Form with the original dated signature must be maintained by the prescribing physician in the client’s medical record.
The SMPA Request Form must include all of the following information, which is related to medical necessity:
Prior authorization requests submitted by paper, must be faxed or mailed with the completed SMPA Request Form to the SMPA department and a copy of the signed and dated form must be retained in the client’s medical record at the provider’s place of business. Requests may be faxed or mailed to the following address:
Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership
Special Medical Prior Authorization
12357-B Riata Trace Parkway
Austin, TX 78727
Fax: 1-512-514-4213
Requests for prior authorization can also be submitted online through the TMHP website at

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