Moderate Sedation with Angiograms



We don’t always have an anesthesiologist for our diagnostic angiograms. Can I bill 99144 for sedation or is that “bundled” in the new 36XXX codes?


Good question because moderate sedation is not included in the arterial catheterization codes (e.g., 36217). However, the new angiography codes (36221-36228) have the “bulls-eye” symbol next to them so that means moderate sedation by the performing physician is included and not separately reported.