AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q&A) (December 2011)

December 2011 page 15 Surgery: Cardiovascular System Question 1: Is it appropriate to report code 37226, Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, femoral, popliteal artery(s), unilateral; with transluminal stent placement(s), includes angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed, for transcatheter placement of a covered stent to treat a popliteal artery aneurysm? The procedure is clearly a lower extremity arterial stent placement, but it is performed for an aneurysm rather than an occlusive disease. Jackie Miller, RHIA, CPC, CCS-P, PCS Answer 1: CPT code 37226 is not specific for occlusive atherosclerotic disease. It should be used any time a stent is...

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