Health Information Management

Tip: Learn the guidelines for new cardiac catheterization codes

APCs Insider, February 18, 2011

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to APCs Insider!

Some of the biggest changes to the CPT® codes for 2011 appear in the cardiac catheterization and revascularization codes. Although the new codes are much more inclusive, coders can still report some services separately, so be sure to review the guidelines.

For example, a provider performs a renal stent placement in conjunction with lower extremity revascularization. In addition to the lower extremity procedure, you also should code:

• 36245 for the selective catheter placement for the first-order, lower-extremity artery branch
• 75722–59 for the renal angiography with the modifier to denote a distinct procedural service
• 37205–59 for the stenting of the initial vessel
• 75960–59 for supervision and interpretation of the stent placement

This tip is adapted from “AMA changes cardiac cath, revascularization coding” in the February issue of Briefings on APCs.



Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to APCs Insider!

    Briefings on APCs
  • Briefings on APCs

    Worried about the complexities of the new rules under OPPS and APCs? Briefings on APCs helps you understand the new rules...

  • HIM Briefings

    Guiding Health Information Management professionals through the continuously changing field of medical records and toward a...

  • Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies

    Submitting improper Medicare documentation can lead to denial of fees, payback, fines, and increased diligence from payers...

  • Briefings on HIPAA

    How can you minimize the impact of HIPAA? Subscribe to Briefings on HIPAA, your health information management resource for...

  • APCs Insider

    This HTML-based e-mail newsletter provides weekly tips and advice on the new ambulatory payment classifications regulations...

Most Popular