AVM Embolization

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June 9, 2016

Question:
We’ve been told by our outsourced coding company to use 61710 for catheter-based embolization of an AVM. Is that right?

Answer:
Actually, 61710 is a craniotomy code and not one used for transcatheter procedures. You’ll use 61624 as the primary procedure code for transcatheter embolization of an arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/09/16.