AMA CPT® Assistant - 2013 Issue 11 (November)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q&A) (November 2013)

November 2013 page 14b Surgery: Cardiovascular System Question:The physician performs a bilateral selective subclavian angiogram with bilateral vertebral angiography and bilateral selective carotid angiography. He describes the catheter placement in both subclavian arteries and angiographic findings as: "right and left subclavian arteries are unremarkable; vertebral arteries are patent." Because the catheter must go past the innominate on the right side into the subclavian, is it appropriate to also assign a second-order selective catheterization code (eg, 36216) in addition to code 36222 with modifier 50 appended for the carotids? Answer:No. There is no additional selective catheterization code reportable for...

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