AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 7 (July)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (July 2007)

July 2007 page 12a Coding Communication:Surgery: Cardiovascular System Question Is it appropriate to report code 35495, Transluminal peripheral atherectomy, percutaneous; tibioperoneal trunk and branches, more than one time per leg? AMA Comment As with angioplasty procedures, atherectomy is generally reported only once per vessel treated. If there are multiple lesions treated within a single vessel, all of which are treated with atherectomy, only one atherectomy code is reported. Additionally, if there is one contiguous lesion that bridges more than one vessel, treated with atherectomy, this is considered one atherectomy service and only one atherectomy code is reported. If the...

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