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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - January 2018

Jan 29, 2018 11:18:00 AM

January 2018 Q & A

Question: Peripheral Angiography with a Cardiac Cath

Left heart catheterization is ordered for a patient with unstable angina. The Op report states that the patient also has a small ulcer on the foot, a history of atherectomy of the SFA, and reassuring ABI. Catheterization is performed via a right radial artery access. Subsequently, the catheter is moved down to right common femoral artery where runoff of the right leg with digital subtraction at 2 levels is performed. CFA is normal and arthrectomy site is patent. Would this be coded 93458, 36247, 75710?

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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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From CMS:

IMPLEMENTATION DATE July 7, 2014: When a permanent pacemaker is implanted, there must be an attestation that there is documentation on file that the patient has non-reversible symptomatic bradycardia (symptoms of bradycardia are symptoms that can be directly attributable to a heart rate less than 60 beats per minute (for example: syncope, seizures, congestive heart failure, dizziness, or confusion)), as this is the only diagnosis that meets the NCD coverage requirements.

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