AMA CPT® Assistant - 2004 Issue 5 (May)

Cardiovascular System/Surgery (May 2004)

May 2004 page 15c Coding Consultation:Questions and Answers Cardiovascular, 33212 (Q&A) Question Would it be appropriate to separately report the removal of the pulse generator in addition to the insertion of the new generator (code 33212)? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, the word replacement in code 33212, Insertion or replacement of pacemaker pulse generator only; single chamber, atrial or ventricular, is not meant to indicate that the removal of an existing device is included in this code. When the “battery” of a pacemaker or pacing cardioverterdefibrillator is changed, it is actually the pulse generator that...

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