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 performed
- Stent (and angioplasty): 37226 — … with transluminal stent placement(s), includes angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed
- Stent and atherectomy (and angioplasty): 37227 — … with transluminal stent placement(s) and atherectomy, includes angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed.
The general rule for 37224-37227 is that you should report the one code that represents the most intensive service performed in a single lower extremity vessel. All lesser services are included in that one code.
When the cardiologist performs a stent placement, atherectomy, and angioplasty in the left popliteal vessel, you should report only 37227.
That code covers stent placement, atherectomy, and angioplasty. You should not report 37224 (angioplasty), 37225 (atherectomy), or 37226 (stent placement) separately or in addition to 37227 in this scenario.
As explained in the last issue of Cardiology Coding Alert, CPT guidelines state that — in addition to the intervention performed — the...
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