AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2010 Issue 1; Clarifications

Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)

Please provide clarification on the correct code assignment for a percutaneous uterine artery embolization. We find the existing Index and Tabular instructions confusing. The recent advice published in Coding Clinic, Second Quarter 2009, page 7, for transcatheter embolizations seemed to be limited to coil embolizations. We're unsure whether a percutaneous transcatheter uterine embolization using embospheres should be coded to 99.29, Injection or infusion of other therapeutic or prophylactic substance; or code 39.79, Other endovascular repair (of aneurysm) of other vessels. ...

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