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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - June 2017

Jun 29, 2017 2:22:00 AM

June 2017 Q & A

Question: Coarctation of Aorta and Bicuspid Aorta Valve

I have a provider that is is trying to tell us that if a patient has a coarctation of the aorta and a bicuspid valve then we need to bill the congenital CPT codes. I noticed that you answered a similar question in March, but I was wondering where you got your information so I can provide that information to my provider.

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October 2016 Q & A

Question: Femoral Stent to Stop Bleeding

A patient had a TAVR procedure and had continued bleeding of the femoral artery, so a femoral artery stent was deployed. What code do I use for this service? I see that the CPT book states, "Codes 37220-37235 are to be used to describe lower extremity endovascular revascularization services performed for occlusive disease," so I know that these codes do not apply since the stent was deployed for hemostasis. Is this a billable service?

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September 2016 Q & A

Question: Brachial Cutdown Not Involving AAA Repair

I have used 34834 for a brachial artery cutdown for AAA repair. Can you please advise on CPT Code for cutdown of brachial artery for repair of SFA aneurysm with a Viabahn Stent?

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CPT® 2016: Percutaneous Biliary Interventional Coding

Part 2: New codes change the way you should report these procedures.

For 2016, the biggest CPT® coding changes affecting interventional radiology occur within the subspecialties of urinary, biliary, and neurologic intervention. Last month, we covered urinary intervention. This month, we’ll discuss the major changes in percutaneous biliary interventional coding. Next month, we’ll cover CPT® updates for percutaneous neurologic intervention.

Read the whole article.

Originally presented in "Healthcare Business Monthly".

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CPT® 2016: Urinary Interventional Coding

Part 1: Understand what changes affect percutaneous urinary interventional coding.

For 2016, the biggest CPT® coding changes affecting interventional radiology occur within the subspecialties of urinary, biliary, and
neurologic intervention. This month, let’s focus on percutaneous urinary interventional coding, and in upcoming articles we’ll cover biliary and neurologic intervention codes.

Read the whole article.

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November 2015 Q & A

Question: Upgrade from Dual Pacemaker to BiV AICD

The upgrade to a biV AICD from a dual pacer leads me to CPT codes 33230, 33233, and 33225. But this scenario is very confusing because the descriptor for 33230 says "with existing dual leads", so should I use 33231 because now with the addition of the LV lead that was implanted along with the BiV generator,  I have 3 total leads?

 

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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 - March 2015

Mar 13, 2015 7:58:00 AM

March 2015 Q & A

Question: Atherectomy of Left Arm

Could you please clarify the uses of code 0234T? The CPT description says, "transluminal peripheral atherectomy." Since there is a separate code for the brachiocephalic trunk and branches (0237T) on the right side of the body, does this mean that 0234T may be used for atherectomies in the left arm, as well as renal atherectomies?

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November 2014 Q & A

Question: IVUS Without A Base Code

I thought I read something about a change regarding IVUS without a base code. The patient has known CAD, and the only procedure done was an IVUS of the Left Main and LAD. Patient's groin prepped, 5 French sheath was placed and the guide was advanced. Wire was placed down to the LAD & IVUS of Left Main and LAD was done. I have documentation of the IVUS findings. Catheter as well as sheath were removed. IVUS would be coded as 92978 &92979, but current edits indicate a base code is needed. We don't have a base code. Was there a change so this can be coded, or is there another code that we should add, or is our claim going to be denied?

 

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September 2014 Q & A

Question: Vertebral Artery Stenting

Rt. vertebral artery origin has severe flow-limiting stenosis at level of C-6 and intracranially 50% and 40%. Procedure codes used are 0075T, 76937 x2, G0269, 36140. Impression: Rt. vertebral artery origin severe stenosis reduced to minimal residual after balloon mounted stent placement. Basilar artery flow is improved with lower blood pressure after the intra-arterial administration of vasodilator and rt. vertebral artery origin stent placement. Lt. superficial femoral artery arterial monitoring catheter placement.

Medicare is denying 0075T for modifier incompatibility. ...

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