AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2011 Issue 3; ASK the EDITOR

Reporting CPT code 93462

Our facility has been advised that CPT code 93462, Left heart catheterization by transseptal puncture, through intact septum or by transapical puncture, represents a diagnostic catheterization and cannot be reported with the ablation codes (93651, 93652) unless a diagnostic catheterization is also performed. Our coders feel code 93462 identifies the approach with confirmation of location/position, and imaging. We also believe it is the appropriate code to report along with the ablation procedures even if a diagnostic catheterization was not performed. Is our thinking regarding this code correct? ...

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