“Why would a patient want to have the test done in the doctor’s office rather than the hospital?
One of the main concerns of the patient is “Delayed Response Anxiety” which occurs when the patient must wait for test results. Through real-time ultrasound diagnostics in your office, you can immediately relieve some patient anxiety and schedule further testing in a convenient and familiar location
“How does TCU differ from other providers?”
We are a unique company founded by ultrasound sonographers with over 35 years of combined experience. As the result of our broad skill set, TCU focuses on excellent client service, skilled sonographers and a business model which generates our clients significant profit. Most importantly we have developed our business with a close attention to the regulatory and statutory framework within the healthcare sector.
“How does TCU work with my practice?”
After you schedule your patients for ultrasound studies at a regular time, or on a weekly/bi-weekly basis…
- We provide you with the current diagnostic and CPT codes for maximizing your reimbursements
- We provide you with the equipment, sonographer, and technological infrastructure required to perform the studies. If you already own ultrasound equipment, we can work with you to optimize your service offerings and broaden the scope of studies provided by your office with our registered sonographers.
- You pay us for a fixed block of time. Your office bills for the technical component of the studies, and the professional fees if you provide the interpretation. We will provide you with all supplies and disposables, while our professional fees are billed directly to the insurer.
“How many studies are possible in one day?”
Typically up to 12 studies are possible during a service period.
“What do the technical and professional components mean?”
The technical component is payment for the performance of the study, while the professional component is payment for the interpretation. The interpretation is performed by an appropriately trained and credentialed cardiologist, vascular surgeon, or radiologist who will generate a report of the findings
“How do TCU’s services relate to the professional component?”
TCU does not perform the interpretation, nor are we involved in it. Interpretations are either done by physicians with whom you have an established relationship, or one who we introduce you to. TCU will provide the interpreting physician access to a technological infrastructure which allows the studies to be received in a HIPAA compliant manner via the internet or delivery.
“How do I get paid?”
You will bill insurance for the Technical or global fee associated with the study
“How does TCU get paid?”
There are numerous models under which we operate, but all result in our being paid a fixed fee for services.
“What insurance typically covers diagnostic testing?”
Most PPO’s, as well as Medicare, will reimburse for diagnostic studies. There may be specific limitations with a few carriers pertaining to your contractual right to perform these studies.