June 20, 2019
What is TCAR and how is it coded?
TCAR stands for Transcarotid Artery Revascularization. It is essentially an open carotid stent procedure. A small incision is made just above the collar bone to expose the common carotid artery. A sheath is placed directly into the carotid artery and connected to flow reversal system, for embolic protection. A stent is placed via that incision to treat carotid occlusion.
This procedure is reported as 37215, Transcatheter placement of intravascular stent(s), cervical carotid artery, open or percutaneous, including angioplasty, when performed, and radiological supervision and interpretation; with distal embolic protection.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/20/19