left heart cath-As long as pressures

Jim Pawloski

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Seems as though everyone has totally answered everything but my actual question. I want to know if you still code 93458 if the ventriculogram is not performed, but the aortic valve is crossed. NO PRESSURES were measured, no ventriculogram.
If no LVgram performed or no pressures were taken, then no LHC. You have just an Coronary angiography.
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If no LVgram performed or no pressures were taken, then no LHC. You have just an Coronary angiography.
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I am confused. The left heart cath codes are defined as "with or without LVgram" but your are saying the LVgram must be performed to bill on Left HTC?
 

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If no LVgram performed or no pressures were taken, then no LHC. You have just an Coronary angiography.
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Jim Pawloski, CIRCC
Jim,

Thank you so very much for this clarification. When I first started Cardio coding I was told that, "as long as the physician crosses the aortic valve, you have a LHC." I'm glad to have been set straight.
 

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I am confused. The left heart cath codes are defined as "with or without LVgram" but your are saying the LVgram must be performed to bill on Left HTC?
Misty,
It is primarily the left ventricular pressures that must be documented. Certainly if a left ventriculogram is documented you have a LHC. It is when there is no left v'gram that the question arises. In the age of cut and paste or canned documentation, just stating the aortic valve was crossed is not enough IMO.

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What determines whether to bill 93454 or 93458. In the dictation the physician states "the aortic vavle was cross", but the ventriculogram was not performed. The nurses that enter the charges believe this is 93454 because there was no ventriculogram, but I feel it is still 93458(left heart cath) because the aortic valve was crossed. Code 93458 states "ventriculogram, when performed".
from Zhealth Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiovascular Coding Reference 2011

"Documentation of pressures in the right heart or left heart chambers is necessary to submit a "heart cath" code for one of these procedures"...




also, don't forget about 93452...LHC w/o coronary angiography

HTH :)
 
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