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Where Anesthesia Coders Go Wrong With CS Cath Placement

Posted on 16. Jun, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics


Your doc needs to do this to get paid on more than CS cath placement.

Quick — look up the CPT code for coronary sinus (CS) catheter placement used during cardiac surgery. No luck? Then an unlisted code reporting is in your future. Coding News is here to bust 3 myths that may fool you into selecting the wrong anesthesia code for this procedure:

Myth 1: Code 93508 Applies to CS Cath

Fact: Code 93508 (Catheter placement in coronary artery[s], arterial coronary conduit[s], and/or venous coronary bypass graft[s] for coronary angiography without concomitant left heart catheterization) does not apply to coronary sinus catheter placement, even if you append modifier 52 (Reduced services). In addition, the 936xx range of codes (those for EP studies) are inappropriate. Instead, an unlisted code is your best choice.

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