Coding Embolization of a Dialysis Graft/Fistula – Part 2

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July 26, 2018

Question:
How many times can embolization of collateral vessels be reported at a single session?  The documentation supports embolizing several.

Answer:
Embolization of side branches in the dialysis circuit is coded with the add-on code +36909, Dialysis circuit permanent vascular embolization or occlusion (including main circuit or any accessory veins)), endovascular, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to complete the intervention.  This code is reported once per therapeutic session, regardless of the number of side branches embolized.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/26/18.

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