It is reported that 75% of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease are Asymptomatic
The PARTNERS study found that 29% of high risk patients were diagnosed with PAD
For every 1 symptomatic patient within a practice there are 4 patients with PAD (3 asymptomatic). In order to capture every patient with PAD it is medically necessary to test over 10 high risk patients per every 1 symptomatic patient.
There has been a paradigm shift in the patient selection criteria for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Published literature suggests clear justification that it is medically necessary to test all patients at high risk for PAD. This includes patients with 2 or more comorbidities. Utilize the Smart-ABI 15 point (CPT code documentation) patient questionnaire at intake.
Dr. Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC
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