Thrombolysis Coding 2013

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Question:

I am confused on the new thrombolysis codes. What is included in 37211?

Answer:

37211, which replaced the deleted code 37201, is for the initial day of thrombolytic therapy. Per CPT this code includes the infusion itself, all radiological supervision and interpretation (initial and any follow-up imaging on that same day) and any catheter repositioning or exchange on that calendar day. It does not include the initial catheterization to insert the infusion catheter, diagnostic studies or any other percutaneous procedures performed. Remember that a diagnostic angiogram is only reportable if no prior, adequate is available.

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