June 14, 2018
I was told that diagnostic angiograms are always included in iliac, femoral and tibial angioplasty and stents. Is that true?
No. Diagnostic angiograms with lower extremity revascularizations, are separately reported as long as the patient has not had a recent, adequate diagnostic angiogram. For CPT this means a catheter based angiogram. For Medicare this means a catheter based angiogram or a CTA. Remember, all catheterization is included in the lower extremity revascularization.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/14/18.