CPT 2014 – Stent Placement

There are several new and revised CPT codes that will affect cardiologists and vascular surgeons in 2014.  In particular, we will see changes in how we code stenting in certain vessels.  CPT codes 37205-37208 have been deleted. The RUC Relativity Assessment Workgroup continues their mission of abandoning the component coding concept and bundling certain services […]

CPT Changes 2013 – Carotid Angiography

The RUC Relativity Assessment Workgroup continues their mission of abandoning the component coding concept and bundling certain services into single codes based on their 75 percent rule.  For code pairs that are billed together greater than 75 percent of the time, new CPT codes are created that bundle multiple procedures into one single code.  Consolidation […]

CPT 2013 – Coronary Revascularization

As mentioned in my previous post, here are the new CPT codes for coronary revascularization (Table 1).  The new codes will help support reimbursement for treating sidebranches as well as the more complex interventions involving bypass grafts, chronic total occlusions, and ST-elevation myocardial infarction.  Effective January 1, 2013, you will no longer use 92980, 92981, […]

2013 CPT Coding Changes for Cardiologists

The trend continues in 2013 for modifications to the cardiology CPT codes.  Of particular interest are the changes to the coronary angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy codes.  CPT codes 92980, 92981, 92982, 92984, 92995, and 92996 will no longer be used.  They will be replaced with 13 new codes which will help classify your services as […]

Billing for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

  Background Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a new technology for use in treating certain patients with aortic stenosis.  As an alternative to open heart surgery, a bioprosthetic valve is inserted percutaneously using a catheter and implanted in the orifice of the native aortic valve.  Potential benefits of this procedure are that it’s less […]

CPT Code Changes for 2012

There are several key changes in CPT codes that will affect cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, as well as cardiologists.  Here’s a summary of those key changes. Lungs and Pleura Changes have been made to this series of CPT codes in order to reflect current medical practice.    The terminology “Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)” has been […]

Atherectomy for Supra-Inguinal Arteries

The CPT coding changes in 2011 presented many challenges, especially for those physicians performing endovascular procedures. Cardiologists saw a complete overhaul of the right and left heart catheterization codes. Those cardiologists and surgeons who perform peripheral interventions saw a new series of CPT codes referred to as Endovascular Revascularization. This new series eliminated the component […]