Lower Extremity Revascularization Codes

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December 27, 2012

Question:

The guidelines for the new lower extremity revascularization codes (angioplasty, stent, atherectomy) state that they include all radiological supervision and interpretation directly related to the intervention. Does that include diagnostic studies?

Answer:

No, diagnostic studies are separately reportable as long as all coding rules for reporting diagnostic studies have been followed. (See last months Coding Coach for rules for reporting diagnostic studies at the same session as an intervention).