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How This Provider Compares

This Provider

Avg in State & Specialty

Providers in this state and specialty were reimbursed, on average, $184 per patient in 2012.
They performed about 3 services per patient. Here’s how this provider compares.
Number of
Patients
2,243
Rank: 73rd
out of 614 providers in this state & specialty
Services
Performed
9,160
Rank: 34th
out of 614 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Services
Per Patient
4.1 This Provider
Avg 3.2
Total Paid
by Medicare
$592K
Rank: 20th
out of 614 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Paid
Per Patient
$264 This Provider
Avg $184

Office Visits

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Medicare reimburses office visits using a five-point scale, with five being the most intensive and costly. The chart below shows what percentage of this provider’s office visits were reimbursed at each level. A higher than average proportion of costly visits is not necessarily an indication of a problem, but it may be worth asking about.

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Richard F. Wessel
Average for Cardiology Providers in North Carolina

Who Patients See Before and After This Provider

Providers often refer their patients to a small network of other providers and organizations. Here’s who patients saw the most patients within 30 days before or after this provider, from Jan. 2012 to June 2013.

Individuals

LINDSEY WHITE

JOSE JACOB

WILLIAM BEAVERS

GEORGE JORDAN

JAMES HUNTER

Organizations

ALBEMARLE HOSPITAL AUTH...

THE OUTER BANKS HOSPITA...

Patients saw before

Richard F. Wessel

Patients saw after

Individuals

LINDSEY WHITE

JOSE JACOB

WILLIAM BEAVERS

JAMES HUNTER

GEORGE JORDAN

Organizations

ALBEMARLE HOSPITAL AUTH...

LABORATORY CORPORATION ...

This Provider's Services

This provider performed 41 different services in 2012
CATEGORY
Description of Service
Times Performed (or Units) This Service's Rank Patients Unique Visits
Per Patient
Billed to Medicare Payments from Medicare
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typically 25 minutes ×

Service Code: 99214
Performed in an office
2,002
times performed,
22% of his services

1st 1st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

1,144
patients got this service, 51% of his patients
1.8
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.7)
$300,300an average of $150 per time performed $144,144
an average of $72 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, clotting time

Service Code: 85610
Performed in an office
948
times performed,
10% of his services

2nd 6th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

257
patients got this service, 11% of his patients
3.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 3.5)
$18,960an average of $20 per time performed $5,688
an average of $6 per time performed
DRUGS

Injection, regadenoson (lexiscan), 0.1 mg

Service Code: J2785
Performed in an office
779
times performed,
9% of his services

3rd 9th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

196
patients got this service, 9% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$42,066an average of $54 per time performed $32,718
an average of $42 per time performed
MEDICINE

Routine ekg using at least 12 leads including interpretat... +

Routine ekg using at least 12 leads including interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93000
Performed in an office
660
times performed,
7% of his services

4th 3rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

581
patients got this service, 26% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$82,500an average of $125 per time performed $8,580
an average of $13 per time performed
ADMINISTRATIVE

Technetium tc-99m sestamibi, diagnostic, per study dose

Service Code: A9500
Performed in an office
613
times performed,
7% of his services

5th 12th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

306
patients got this service, 14% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$54,557an average of $89 per time performed $41,684
an average of $68 per time performed
MEDICINE

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted ... +

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted blood flow rate, direction, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93306
Performed in an office
530
times performed,
6% of his services

6th 10th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

518
patients got this service, 23% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$795,000an average of $1,500 per time performed $82,680
an average of $156 per time performed
MEDICINE

Injection of different drug or substance into a vein for ... +

Injection of different drug or substance into a vein for therapy, diagnosis, or prevention ×

Service Code: 96375
Performed in an office
339
times performed,
4% of his services

7th Alert

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

327
patients got this service, 15% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$33,900an average of $100 per time performed $5,763
an average of $17 per time performed
MEDICINE

Injection of drug or substance into a vein for therapy, d... +

Injection of drug or substance into a vein for therapy, diagnosis, or prevention ×

Service Code: 96374
Performed in an office
335
times performed,
4% of his services

8th 89th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

330
patients got this service, 15% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$41,875an average of $125 per time performed $13,735
an average of $41 per time performed
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring, physician supervision, interpretation, and report ×

Service Code: 93015
Performed in an office
321
times performed,
4% of his services

9th 18th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

319
patients got this service, 14% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$160,500an average of $500 per time performed $21,186
an average of $66 per time performed
MEDICINE

Physician services for outpatient heart rehabilitation wi... +

Physician services for outpatient heart rehabilitation with continuous ekg monitoring per session ×

Service Code: 93798
Performed in an office
320
times performed,
3% of his services

10th Alert

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

59
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
5.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$16,000an average of $50 per time performed $6,080
an average of $19 per time performed
RADIOLOGY

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or... +

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or exercise multiple studies ×

Service Code: 78452
Performed in an office
302
times performed,
3% of his services

11th 15th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

301
patients got this service, 13% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$755,000an average of $2,500 per time performed $112,948
an average of $374 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 6... +

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 60 minutes ×

Service Code: 99205
Performed in an office
228
times performed,
2% of his services

12th 41st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

228
patients got this service, 10% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$57,000an average of $250 per time performed $31,692
an average of $139 per time performed
MEDICINE

Evaluation of parameters of single, dual, or multiple lea... +

Evaluation of parameters of single, dual, or multiple lead pacemaker including device connection, recording, and disconnection ×

Service Code: 93288
Performed in an office
188
times performed,
2% of his services

13th 36th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

149
patients got this service, 7% of his patients
1.3
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.5)
$32,900an average of $175 per time performed $4,888
an average of $26 per time performed
MEDICINE

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted ... +

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted blood flow rate, direction, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93306
Performed in a facility
172
times performed,
2% of his services

14th 4th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

170
patients got this service, 8% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$86,000an average of $500 per time performed $8,428
an average of $49 per time performed
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-... +

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-hour ekg ×

Service Code: 93224
Performed in an office
167
times performed,
2% of his services

15th 44th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

162
patients got this service, 7% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$100,200an average of $600 per time performed $11,523
an average of $69 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 5 minutes ×

Service Code: 99211
Performed in an office
165
times performed,
2% of his services

16th 11th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

109
patients got this service, 5% of his patients
1.5
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.6)
$8,250an average of $50 per time performed $2,310
an average of $14 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typically 40 minutes ×

Service Code: 99215
Performed in an office
123
times performed,
1% of his services

17th 25th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

119
patients got this service, 5% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$25,215an average of $205 per time performed $12,177
an average of $99 per time performed
PROCEDURES

External counterpulsation, per treatment session

Service Code: G0166
Performed in an office
108
times performed,
1% of his services

18th 75th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

14
patients got this service, 0.62% of his patients
7.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 20.1)
$32,400an average of $300 per time performed $11,772
an average of $109 per time performed
MEDICINE

Evaluation, testing, and programming adjustment of perman... +

Evaluation, testing, and programming adjustment of permanent dual lead pacemaker system with physician analysis, review, and report ×

Service Code: 93280
Performed in an office
93
times performed,
1% of his services

19th 24th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

82
patients got this service, 4% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.5)
$20,925an average of $225 per time performed $3,999
an average of $43 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 15 minutes ×

Service Code: 99213
Performed in an office
74
times performed,
0.81% of his services

20th 5th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

73
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$7,400an average of $100 per time performed $3,552
an average of $48 per time performed
DRUGS

Injection, midazolam hydrochloride, per 1 mg

Service Code: J2250
Performed in an office
69
times performed,
0.75% of his services

21st Alert

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

27
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$1,380an average of $20 per time performed $0
an average of $0 per time performed
MEDICINE

Physician services for outpatient heart cardiac rehabilit... +

Physician services for outpatient heart cardiac rehabilitation per session ×

Service Code: 93797
Performed in an office
66
times performed,
0.72% of his services

22nd Alert

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

25
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
2.6
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$2,640an average of $40 per time performed $858
an average of $13 per time performed
MEDICINE

Injection beneath the skin or into muscle for therapy, di... +

Injection beneath the skin or into muscle for therapy, diagnosis, or prevention ×

Service Code: 96372
Performed in an office
58
times performed,
0.63% of his services

23rd 128th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

24
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
2.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.5)
$2,610an average of $45 per time performed $986
an average of $17 per time performed
PROCEDURES

Physician review, interpretation, and patient management ... +

Physician review, interpretation, and patient management of home inr testing for patient with either mechanical heart valve(s), chronic atrial fibrillation, or venous thromboembolism who meets medicare coverage criteria; testing not occurring more frequently than once a week; billing units of service include 4 tests ×

Service Code: G0250
Performed in an office
47
times performed,
0.51% of his services

24th 122nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

26
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1.8
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 3.6)
$940an average of $20 per time performed $329
an average of $7 per time performed
RADIOLOGY

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or... +

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or exercise multiple studies ×

Service Code: 78452
Performed in a facility
41
times performed,
0.45% of his services

25th 20th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

41
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$20,500an average of $500 per time performed $2,460
an average of $60 per time performed
PROCEDURES

Administration of influenza virus vaccine

Service Code: G0008
Performed in an office
40
times performed,
0.44% of his services

26th 113th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

40
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,000an average of $25 per time performed $920
an average of $23 per time performed
TEMPORARY CODES

Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered t... +

Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use (fluvirin) ×

Service Code: Q2037
Performed in an office
40
times performed,
0.44% of his services

27th 161st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

40
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,000an average of $25 per time performed $560
an average of $14 per time performed
DRUGS

Injection, furosemide, up to 20 mg

Service Code: J1940
Performed in an office
36
times performed,
0.39% of his services

28th Alert

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

14
patients got this service, 0.62% of his patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$180an average of $5 per time performed $0
an average of $0 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Prolonged office or other outpatient service first hour

Service Code: 99354
Performed in an office
29
times performed,
0.32% of his services

29th Alert

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

25
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$4,350an average of $150 per time performed $2,146
an average of $74 per time performed
MEDICINE

External shock to heart to regulate heart beat

Service Code: 92960
Performed in an office
26
times performed,
0.28% of his services

30th Alert

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

22
patients got this service, 0.98% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$26,000an average of $1,000 per time performed $4,290
an average of $165 per time performed
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring and physician supervision ×

Service Code: 93016
Performed in a facility
26
times performed,
0.28% of his services

31st 19th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

26
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,900an average of $150 per time performed $442
an average of $17 per time performed
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring, physician interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93018
Performed in a facility
26
times performed,
0.28% of his services

32nd 16th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

26
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,900an average of $150 per time performed $312
an average of $12 per time performed
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-... +

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-hour ekg ×

Service Code: 93227
Performed in a facility
23
times performed,
0.25% of his services

33rd 94th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

23
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$2,875an average of $125 per time performed $437
an average of $19 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 70 minutes per... +

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 70 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99223
Performed in a facility
22
times performed,
0.24% of his services

34th 17th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

22
patients got this service, 0.98% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$8,250an average of $375 per time performed $3,234
an average of $147 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 4... +

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 45 minutes ×

Service Code: 99204
Performed in an office
20
times performed,
0.22% of his services

35th 23rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

20
patients got this service, 0.89% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,000an average of $200 per time performed $2,300
an average of $115 per time performed
MEDICINE

Evaluation, testing, and programming adjustment of perman... +

Evaluation, testing, and programming adjustment of permanent dual lead cardioverter-defibrillator including physician analysis, review, and report ×

Service Code: 93283
Performed in an office
18
times performed,
0.2% of his services

36th 58th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

16
patients got this service, 0.71% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$3,600an average of $200 per time performed $1,044
an average of $58 per time performed
MEDICINE

Remote evaluations of single, dual, or multiple lead pace... +

Remote evaluations of single, dual, or multiple lead pacemaker or cardioverter-defibrillator transmissions, technician review, support, and distribution of results up to 90 days ×

Service Code: 93296
Performed in an office
17
times performed,
0.19% of his services

37th 34th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

17
patients got this service, 0.76% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$1,105an average of $65 per time performed $374
an average of $22 per time performed
MEDICINE

Remote evaluations of single, dual, or multiple lead pace... +

Remote evaluations of single, dual, or multiple lead pacemaker with physician analysis, review, and report up to 90 days ×

Service Code: 93294
Performed in an office
16
times performed,
0.17% of his services

38th 47th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

16
patients got this service, 0.71% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$1,152an average of $72 per time performed $416
an average of $26 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Subsequent hospital inpatient care, typically 25 minutes ... +

Subsequent hospital inpatient care, typically 25 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99232
Performed in a facility
15
times performed,
0.16% of his services

39th 8th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

11
patients got this service, 0.49% of his patients
1.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2)
$2,250an average of $150 per time performed $810
an average of $54 per time performed
MEDICINE

Insertion of probe in esophagus for heart ultrasound exam... +

Insertion of probe in esophagus for heart ultrasound examination including interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93312
Performed in an office
15
times performed,
0.16% of his services

40th Alert

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

15
patients got this service, 0.67% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$12,750an average of $850 per time performed $3,570
an average of $238 per time performed
MEDICINE

Doppler ultrasound study of heart blood flow, valves, and... +

Doppler ultrasound study of heart blood flow, valves, and chambers ×

Service Code: 93320
Performed in an office
15
times performed,
0.16% of his services

41st 84th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

15
patients got this service, 0.67% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$6,000an average of $400 per time performed $615
an average of $41 per time performed
MEDICINE

Doppler ultrasound study of color-directed heart blood fl... +

Doppler ultrasound study of color-directed heart blood flow, rate, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93325
Performed in an office
15
times performed,
0.16% of his services

42nd 86th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

15
patients got this service, 0.67% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,750an average of $250 per time performed $315
an average of $21 per time performed
MEDICINE

Evaluation of parameters of single, dual, or multiple lea... +

Evaluation of parameters of single, dual, or multiple lead cardioverter-defibrillator including device connection, recording, and disconnection ×

Service Code: 93289
Performed in an office
13
times performed,
0.14% of his services

43rd 93rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

12
patients got this service, 0.53% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$1,625an average of $125 per time performed $546
an average of $42 per time performed

Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Plan and Provider Enumeration System, American Medical Association

Services that begin with a letter come from CMS. All other codes and descriptions of the medical procedures are from the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. Where practical, AMA’s consumer friendly translation of the CPT descriptor was used. ProPublica has received permission from the AMA to use these codes on this site.

Notes: This provider has a self-reported specialty of "Cardiovascular Disease." In some cases the self-reported specialty may differ from the specialty listed above, which comes from Medicare. Medicare redacted this data for any services provided to fewer than 11 patients.

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