Carotid Stenting without Embolic Protection

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Question:

I did a carotid stent but was unable to deploy the embolic protection device. Carotid stent placement was successful with no complications. Since I attempted placement, can I still code 37215?

Answer:

No, if embolic protection cannot be deployed, 37216 must be reported. Unfortunately, Medicare does not reimburse for a carotid stent without embolic protection.