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 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 […]