Ablation for AFib after PVI ablation

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Our cardiologist dictates a wonderful PVI ablation and after words states "removed catheter". In the pre report on what was done he states he also did an ablation for A-fib along with the PVI ablation. When I review the cardiology log for this patient, it does look like the ablation for A-fib was done after the PVI ablation. Does the cardiologist need to specify in the report that re-assessment and pacing done showing A-fib after PVI ablation, or is it just needed for addition arrhythmia ablation? When an ablation is done for known A-fib, can we code off the log? If he knows before the surgery that the patient has A-fib, is it necessary to re-pace after the PVI ablation? 

Question ID: 9317
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