AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 4 (April)

Cardiovascular System (April 2000)

April 2000 page 10c Coding Consultation Cardiovascular System, 35875 (Q&A) Question When my physician performs the procedure described in code 35875, Thrombectomy of arterial or venous graft (other than hemodialysis graft or fistula), on two separate grafts of two different vessels through the same incision, should I only report 35875 one time? AMA Comment Since the procedure was performed on anatomically different vessels, each thrombectomy would be reported separately, despite the fact that access was through the same incision for both thrombectomies. Modifier -59, Distinct procedural service, should be appended to the second thrombectomy procedure to indicate that...

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