August 2015 Q & A

Question: Arterial Graft Segment on Dialysis Graft

What would the "arterial graft segment" be considered for a dialysis graft? Is this like the "arterial limb”, and is it considered venous for interventional purposes since it does not state it incorporates the arterial anastomosis?


Answer:

Yes, arterial graft segment or arterial limb are both considered part of graft, e.g., venous. Only if the physician clearly documents an arterial anastomotic stenosis or para anastomotic stenosis that involves the arterial anastomosis would we code as 35475, 75962.