AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2017 Issue 3

Coronary angiographies and cardiac catheterizations

In the Second Quarter 2017 issue of Coding Clinic for HCPCS, we discussed right heart cardiac catheterizations and heart biopsies.  We also noted that in addition to heart biopsies, cardiac catheterizations are also utilized in conjunction with other tests and procedures, such as coronary angiography, coronary angioplasty, and catheter ablations.  In this issue, we will address the utilization of cardiac catheterizations and coronary angiographies.  Coding and reporting of catheterizations and angiographies From a coding perspective, the appropriate reporting of cardiac catheterization with angiography procedures can be challenging.  Coders must be aware that there are two...

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