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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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February 2015 Q & A

Question: Heart Transplant - Congenital Versus Non-congenital

There has been much back and forth over the years as to whether or not congenital heart transplant patients should continue to be reported as congenital for heart catheterization coding purposes. Physicians state that “once congenital always congenital”, but I've understood from consultant recommendations that unless the new heart has a congenital defect or complex rerouting of vessels due to congenital cardiac anatomy, then all heart caths for transplant patients are coded as non-congenital. Can you please clarify?

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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - June 2014

Jun 23, 2014 5:58:00 PM

June 2014 Q & A

Question: Sphenopalatine Artery Catheterization

How would I code the following? Specifically, the catheterizations of the sphenopalatine arteries. Would you only code based on the angiograms that were performed?

Catheterization of the following vessels : 1. Left common carotid artery...

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