AMA CPT® Assistant - 2016 Issue 11 (November)

Therapy for Incompetent Veins (November 2016)

November 2016 pages 3-4 Therapy for Incompetent Veins The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2016 code set includes a number of CPT codes to report the treatment of venous disease, such as varicose veins and incompetence of truncal veins (eg, great and small saphenous veins), including: direct puncture sclerotherapy with or without local anesthesia (36468, 36470, 36471); stab phlebectomy under local anesthesia (37765, 37766); laser or radiofrequency thermal ablation utilizing tumescent anesthesia (36475, 36476, 36478, 36479); and surgical vein ligation and/or vein stripping under monitored or general anesthesia (37700-37761, 37780-37785). Effective January 1, 2017, two new CPT codes (36473...

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