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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - May 2017

May 28, 2017 2:22:00 AM

May 2017 Q & A

Question: 96374 with an Ablation

We had a case where Ibutilide was administered during an atrial flutter ablation procedure (93653). The Medicare claims processing manual, chapter 4, section 230.2 discusses this and says, "Hospitals should report all HCPCS codes that describe the drug administration services provided, regardless of whether or not those services are separately paid or their payment is packaged." 93653 had a "J1". 96374 has an SI of "S".

In your opinion, Ibutilide is inherent or not inherent to an ablation procedure, in which it's not always used as part of the procedure, to lets say contrast to an diagnostic angiography, is it then ok to bill 96374 for an IV push, and 96365 for an infusion, if they are given Ibutilide as part of an ablation for a flutter or A-Fib?

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December 2016 Q & A

Question: Fractional Flow Reserve without Catheterization

Physician performs LHC at another facility and then transfers the patient to the cath lab at the hospital to perform fractional flow reserve (93571). The physician thinks that 93571-26-XE will get us paid by Medicare and for commercial insurance to bill coronary angiography only with 93571 to get paid.
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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - July 2016

Jul 29, 2016 2:20:00 PM

July 2016 Q & A

Question: Does a CTO 92943 have to be staged?

Since a CTO is a CHRONIC total occlusion, does it need to be staged? They would know about it ahead of time, since it is chronic. But what if the doctor finds a CTO upon first diagnostic angiography, and is able to treat it with some type of intervention at that same session? Would that be billed as a 92943 along with the cardiac cath code (w/59)? Or, because it is the first time it was found, is the PCI code just the 92928, 92920, 92924, 92933 etc instead of 92943? Do we need to find prior documentation showing CTO was known about prior to intervention?

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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - June 2016

Jun 26, 2016 2:20:00 PM

June 2016 Q & A

Question: Upper Extremity Angiography with Thoracic Aortography

Using direct ultrasound guidance, the right common femoral artery was accessed with a micropuncture needle. Through this access, a 5 French sheath was placed. A flush catheter was advanced into the ascending thoracic aorta. Aortography was performed. 5 French catheter and wire were advanced into the left subclavian artery. Arteriography was performed. There was poor visualization of the arteries beyond the fistula anastomosis. 36215-59 for subclavian, 36221 for thoracic aortogram?
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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - March 2016

Mar 30, 2016 2:20:00 PM

March 2016 Q & A

Question: Angioplasty or Primary Thrombectomy with No Stenosis Documented

Patient is on Day 2 of lower extremity arterial thrombolysis with EKOS catheter. The patient was placed on the angio table and the catheter was injected showing significant residual heavy clot burden. The physician ballooned the thrombus in the anterior tibial, posterior tibial and peroneal arteries with a 3mm balloon, then used an aspiration catheter in each vessel post ballooning due to loose clot seen within these vessels. There is no physician documentation of any underlying anatomical stenosis in these vessels. Thrombolysis was restarted with the EKOS catheter and sent to the floor for overnight monitoring. On Day 3, the patient is brought back for AngioJet thrombectomy, repeat ballooning of the peroneal along with thrombolytic spray through the AngioJet for 20 min. This is repeated in the posterior tibial artery. Follow-up angiography demonstrates a flow limiting dissection requiring stent placement.

Day 2 was coded as ...

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October 2015 Q & A

Question: When do you use 75630 vs 75625

I am completely confused on Abdominal Aortic imaging. Does CPT code 75625 require 2 catheter placements or not? For example, physician places a catheter in the abdominal aorta near the renal arteries and performs abdominal aortography, also documents bilateral pelvic and common femoral artery imaging. The physician then moves the catheter to the SFA and completes the angiography with chase bolus runoff to the foot on the left. Is this coded as 36247, 75625, 75716 or is it 36247, 75630?

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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - July 2015

Jul 28, 2015 1:20:00 PM

July 2015 Q & A

Question: 2 Infusion Catheters, 2 Graft Punctures for Access of the Same Leg

The patient has a left femoral to below-knee popliteal artery bypass graft and a left abandoned bypass graft. A micropuncture needle was advanced in a midline retrograde fashion and a sheath placed. A pelvic angiogram shows occlusion of the bypass graft and a 10 cm infusion Cragg-McNamara infusion catheter is placed and positioned across the proximal arterial anastomosis. Then under direct ultrasound guidance, a micropuncture needle was advanced into the proximal graft in an antegrade fashion, then a sheath was placed, followed by lower extremity angiography.

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December 2014 Q & A

Question: Preoperative Tumor Embolization

The preoperative embolizations are sometimes confusing because they are done for varying reasons. When embolization is arteries supplying tumor, would this be considered Tumor Embolization? Patient has metastatic renal cell carcinoma to femur.

 

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