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PaceMaker Checks

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    Question PaceMaker Checks
    Medical Coding Books

    Are we allowed to bill the interrogration and the programming separtely?
    Delina Thomas-Nieforth, CPC, CPC-I

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    It is my understanding that if the physician does the programming the interrogation is included. Do you have specific codes that you are looking at?


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    Hi Molly,

    93288 & 93279 or 93280 or 93281

    93289 & 93282 or 93283 or 93284

    93285 & 93291

    Thanks for any help you might be able to give me.
    Delina Thomas-Nieforth, CPC, CPC-I

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    I don't currently have my 2009 book with me but, those codes all sound like they are the in person interogation/programming codes. If so, then the interrogation would be included in the programming code. If the physician tests the thresholds etc then he would bill the programming charge (interogation included). If it is only an interrogation then only bill the interrogation code. I will see if I have any additional information when I get to work tomorrow. I think there was an article in the cardiology pink sheet (maybe the Dec or Jan issue). Check this post tomorrow and I may have you more information.

    These new codes have been a challenge this year.


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    Thank you so much. I am also very new to Cardiology billing.
    Delina Thomas-Nieforth, CPC, CPC-I

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