93000 cpt code

93000 CPT Code (2022) – Description, Guidelines, Reimbursement, Modifiers & Examples

93000 CPT code will be billed for service when the patient is being monitored to record the heart’s electrical activity by applying multiple electrodes on the patient’s chest.

These electrodes are joined with ECG machines by lead wires. Heart activity will be interpreted, measured, and printed out on the page. Impulses will show how fast blood flows, heart rhythms, strength, and timing of impulses from one part to another part of the heart.

93000 CPT Code Description

93000 CPT code service includes both technical and professional components, while if only a technical component is done, then CPT 93005 will be reported and CPT 93010 for the professional part only.  

Electrocardiogram (CPT 93000) (EKG or ECG) is usually performed to monitor heart rate, conduction, and rhythm.

The following list contains reasons to perform an EKG: 

Evaluation for irregular heartbeats 

To find the reason for chest pain.  

To identify the issues related to the heart like shortness of breath, unbearable chest pain, dizziness, or fainting. 

To check the embedded. 

Pacemaker whether they are working correctly or not  

Pre and post evaluation of heart before any surgery or procedures or other heart conditions like Myocardial infarction, endocarditis, severe heart attack  

To determine whether Medicine is working effectively or not. 

To trace any abnormal findings during the physical exam. 

There are the following conditions and factors that will influence the ECG (CPT 93000) results such as accumulation of fluid in the body, obesity, drugs before the test, pregnancy, smoking, size and locations of the heart, and chemical imbalance in the body such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium. 

CPT 93000 will be reported when a physician performs a routine Electrocardiogram (ECG), which includes:

• At least 12 leads

• Performed With Interpretation and report

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93000 CPT Code Reimbursement

A maximum of 3 units of 93000 CPT code can be billed on the same date of service. Modifier 26 or TC are not applicable with CPT 93000. The CPT 93000 cost and RUVS are as follows:

Facility: Cost $16.04, RUVS 0.46355

Non-Facility: Cost $16.04, RUVS 0.46355

93000 CPT Code Modifiers

Below is a list of modifiers that are applicable to append with CPT 93000:

22, 23, 47, 52, 51, 53, 52, 58, 59, 77, 76, 78, 79, 99, CC, CR, AI, CO, CQ, CR, EY, ET, GC, GA, GJ, GK, GR, GU, GY, GZ, KX, QJ, Q5, Q6.

Modifier 25 will be appended with Evaluation and Management (E/M) CPT codes when performed in conjunction with CPT 93000 on the same day.

For example, the patient presented to the office for intermittent chest pain for three days. The physician prescribed some medicines and ordered EKG to confirm any heart-related issues or not.

Therefore, It would be billed as CPT 93000 without any modifier, and the E/M CPT code will be billed with modifier 25.

While modifier 59 is appropriate to bill with CPT 9300 as the NCCI bundle exists for this CPT with E/M or check with payer-specific guidelines if the modifier is needed or not.

Modifier 26 is used for billing the professional component and TC for the Technical component. Both these components are included in the CPT 93000. Therefore, there is no need to append modifier 26 or TC with CPT 93000

Modifier 52 will be used when 93000 CPT code service is performed limited that usually perform.

If EKG (CPT 93000) is repeated on the same day by the same physician, it is appropriate to add a modifier 76. In contrast, modifier 77 will be applicable when the different physician does EKG CPT 93000 on the same day.

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Billing Guidelines

The following are medical coding and billing guidelines of CPT 93000: 

CPT 93000 service includes separate medical written and signed reports, order of service, and documentation that should support this service and medical necessity.

If Echocardiography (CPT 93303 – 93350) is performed in combination with CPT 93000, then CPT codes (93303-93350) are separately reportable without any modifier requirements as per NCCI.

IF CPT 93000 is performed in conjunction with the Intracardiac ischemia monitoring system (CPT codes (0525T-0532T), then modifier 59 will be added with CPT 93000 and allowed to be billed together on the same date of service.

If Acoustic cardiography (93799) is performed with EKG 93000 CPT code, then it should be spritely reportable without any modifier.

If the only professional component is used, it is appropriate to report CPT code 93010 instead of CPT 93000, while for the technical detail, you should bill only the CPT code 993005. CPT 93000 will be billed globally without any TC and 26 modifiers.

There is a separate ECG code (93042) for 1-3 Leads while CPT 93000 for at least 12 leads. If both services are performed on the same day, modifier 59 will be appended with the CPT 93000.

If CPT 93000 service is performed in the Emergency department (CPT code 99281-99285) or Critical care codes (99291, 99292), then the only interpretation of an ECG report (CPT 93010) will be considered as part of E/M. Otherwise, It will be billed separately.

IF CPT 93000 is performed with any surgical procedure, regardless of whether it is a minor or major procedure, it is not a separately payable service. It will only be payable when it is done for an unrelated condition.

ICD 10 codes should reflect the patient’s current condition to support the medical necessity of service (CPT 93000). Icd 10 codes must be related to heart conditions like severe chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, etc.

The most common ICD 10 codes are Z82.49, R07.9, I10, I25.10, R94.31, R00.0, R55, etc. 


The following are examples of when 93000 CPT code will be billed:

Example 1

A 38-year-old male presents with a primary complaint of dizziness. The patient reports vertigo began one day ago. Vertigo began while at home when he stood up. The patient describes the course of vertigo as abrupt and is currently 6/10.

The vertigo is worsened by standing, head movement, and movement. It is not further exacerbated by breathing or lying supine. He states that anti-vertigo meds alleviate the dizziness.

The vertigo is associated with nausea, vomiting, and gait instability and is not associated with a vision change.

The patient is morbidly obese ha a higher risk of heart diseases. The physician ordered multiple diagnostic tests ECG, CMP, CBC CT, MRI, and X-ray of head and spine.

Example 2

A 30-year-old female with no PMH is coming in for intermittent episodes of chest pain that are somewhat exacerbated by left-arm movement but are non-exertional.

Differential includes, but is not limited to MSK-related pain/costochondritis/ ACS Pt is very well appearing with standard physical exam and vitals.

She is not having any pain right now. Given the positional nature of chest pain, I suspect musculoskeletal cause. The patient was not getting better by medication. Physicians ordered a CT chest and EKG to confirm that the heart was functioning correctly. 

Example 3

Forty-six-year-old female with PMH of hypertension and a family history of heart diseases heart murmur, LBBB dx 1 year ago, migraines, tested positive for COVID 1 month ago.

The patient is not vaccinated for COVID. Since yesterday afternoon, she was presented to ED c/o constant lip-tingling, lightheadedness, and left-sided chest discomfort.

She woke this morning with the same symptoms, also developed left upper extremity tingling and bilateral hand tingling.

She denies headache, shortness of breath, back pain, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in vision, urinary complaints, or any other symptoms.

The patient has a strong family history of heart diseases. The physician plans to do labs, EKG, X-ray, CT, and chest MRI.

Example 4

A 27-year-old male with PMH Systolic/Diastolic CHF (EF <15% 7/23/21, s/p AICD), COVID x2, s/p TAVR, CAD, CKD, PAD, hypothyroidism for shortness of breath.

He has developed progressively worsening shortness of breath for four days. He noticed worsening SOB laying on his right side and with exertion.

He takes his vitals daily and weighs himself daily; he typically weighs 171lbs but has seen a 3.5lb increase in his weight to 174.5lbs over this past week that prompted him to take one dose of alprazolam 30mg. He noticed a minimal improvement in his symptoms with the alprazolam.

He has also noticed increasing yellow phlegm production, cough, nasal congestion, and rhinorrhea. When he has episodes of coughing with phlegm, he sees a substernal discomfort.

The discomfort is not alleviated with rest and not exacerbated with exertion. The physician has respiratory problems along with Heart issues. The physician ordered EKG, Labs, CT, and MRI to diagnose further treatment.

Example 5

A 39-year-old female presented office for dizziness, weakness, and tingling in the upper extremity. The patient denies any abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, headache in the review of the system.

Physical exam revealed that the patient had an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, and fluid accumulation in the upper extremity, more likely edema.

Physical exam strongly suggests ruling out heart-related diseases. The physician decides to do ECG/EKG, CTA, and MRA of the chest. EKG revealed that the patient was a tachycardiac.

The physician has consulted with a cardiologist for further treatment of the patient. 

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