AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 4 (April)

Medicine Cardiac Catheterization (April 2000)

April 2000 page 10 Coding Consultation Cardiac Catheterization, Medicine, 93505 (Q&A) Question When endomyocardial biopsy (93505) is performed during a cardiac catheterization (93501, 93508-93536), should the catheterization be reported separately or is it considered an integral component of code 93505? AMA Comment When endomyocardial biopsy is performed in conjunction with a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, then code 93505 should be reported in addition to the component cardiac catheterization codes. However, if the physician performs the cardiac catheterization only as a means of obtaining the endomyo cardial biopsy, and does not perform a separate diagnostic heart catheterization, then only the...

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