AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 12 (December)

Medicine: Cardiovascular (Q&A) (December 2011)

December 2011 page 18 Medicine: Cardiovascular Question: Our anesthesiologist is placing a "pacing" Swan-Ganz catheter prior to cardiac surgery (CABG or valve procedures) to also primarily monitor the hemodynamic status. This type of catheter remains in place should "pacing" also be required following the cardiac surgery? May code 93503, Insertion and placement of flow directed catheter (eg, Swan-Ganz) for monitoring purposes, be reported? Michelle Schroeder, CPC Answer: Yes. Code 93503 should be reported as placement of a pulmonary artery catheter (pacing or not) is separately reported when placed by the anesthesiologist. This usage is as indicated in the CPT...

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