AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 1 (January)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q&A) (January 2010)

January 2010 page 11c Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q&A) Question: May code 33975 be reported for insertion and removal of a percutaneous non-transseptal left ventricular assist device during therapeutic stenting of a coronary artery? Answer: No. There is no specific CPT code to describe the approach and technique used to insert this type of ventricular assist device (VAD). Therefore, code 33999, Unlisted procedure, cardiac surgery, should be reported. The current ventricular assist device Category I (33975-33983) codes do not pertain to this device and the Category III (0048T) code describes a percutaneous transseptal approach. Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q&A)...

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