AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 10 (October)

Cardiovascular System Surgery, 33999 (Q&A) (October 1999)

October 1999 page 11a Coding Consultation Cardiovascular System, Surgery, 33999 (Q&A) Question I am seeking clarification of CPT coding for minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft procedures. How should these procedures be reported? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, there is not a specific CPT code that accurately describes minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft procedures (MIDCAB). Therefore, the unlisted code 33999, Unlisted procedure, cardiac surgery, should be reported. When reporting an unlisted code to describe a procedure or service, it will be necessary to submit supporting documentation (eg, procedure report) along with the claim to provide...

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