Stent Coding... codes 37218 and 36223

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reading an example on Stent coding in the AAPC magazine (pg 18 Example 3) I just received and it says the codes to use are 37218 and 36223 mod 59. I look in my CPT book and it says when using the 37218 code, you cannot use the 36223. Can anyone clarify this? Thank you.
 

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reading an example on Stent coding in the AAPC magazine (pg 18 Example 3) I just received and it says the codes to use are 37218 and 36223 mod 59. I look in my CPT book and it says when using the 37218 code, you cannot use the 36223. Can anyone clarify this? Thank you.

Probably there was bilateral selective cath placement with imaging of common carotid artery and intracranial circulation. Normally you would report this with mod. 50 but since a stent placement was done either on the left or right side, you would omit the imaging of the treated side, since it's bundled with the stent placement.

Jim, CPC-P, CIRCC
 
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