CPT’s definition of a ‘single vessel’ for this territory is an exception to the rule.
CPT 2011 adds new codes for lower extremity endovascular revascularization covering angioplasty, atherectomy, and stenting, noted Stacy Gregory, CCC, CPC, RCC, of Gregory Medical Consulting Services, in her presentation, “Peripheral Vascular Coding Tactics,” at the 2011 Coding Update and Reimbursement Conference in Orlando (www.codingconferences.com).
This article focuses on the femoral/popliteal codes 37224-37227. “37220 to +37223 Revamp Your Iliac Intervention Coding Options” in Cardiology Coding Alert discussed the iliac codes. Look to a future issue to cover tibial/peroneal codes 37288-+37235.
The new femoral/popliteal service codes are below. Note that all of the codes include angioplasty in the same vessel when that service is performed:
- Angioplasty: 37224 — Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, femoral/popliteal artery(s), unilateral; with transluminal angioplasty
- Atherectomy (and angioplasty): 37225 — … with atherectomy, includes angioplasty within the same vessel, when
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