Vena Cava Coding

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July 7, 2016

Question:
While placing a vena cava filter, the physician documented a venogram and intravascular ultrasound. Can these imaging procedures be reported separately?

Answer:
No, vena cava filter placement, 37191, is an all inclusive code that includes all imaging including a venogram and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) codes, 37252 and 37253. Vena cava filter placement also includes all access including the catheterization.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/07/16.

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