AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 2 (February)

Medicine (February 2001)

February 2001 page 11 Coding Consultation Medicine, Catheter Repositioning (Q&A) Question A right and left cardiac catheterization is performed. The patient exercises for 1 minute and hemodynamic measurements are taken before and after the exercise. The catheter is repositioned following the exercise. Can the postexercise catheter repositioning and hemodynamic measurements be separately reported? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, cardiac catheterization includes positioning and repositioning of catheter(s), as well as recording of intracardiac and intravascular pressure. CPT coding guidelines do not limit the number of catheter repositionings or pressure determinations included in the cardiac catheterization codes. Therefore...

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