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Opinion Please Coronary angiogram

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    The documentation is vague and I don't normally code these procedures..

    The report states " introducer was placed in the right femoral artery. Cornary angiography was carried out in the standard manner using a 6 french left-4 judkins catheter and 6 french right -4 judkins catheter. Left ventriculogram was perfomed in RAO projection using 30 cc optiray at 12 cc/sec. Following ventriculogram, all the catheters were removed and patient left the lab in good condition"

    My question is... because it indicates a left and right french catheters I am assuming both right and left were catheterized? I would code 93526? Would I code for the ventriculogram?

    Im thinking

    93526
    93545
    93556

    again I am completely new to this so any suggestions at all would help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggers01 View Post
    The documentation is vague and I don't normally code these procedures..

    The report states " introducer was placed in the right femoral artery. Cornary angiography was carried out in the standard manner using a 6 french left-4 judkins catheter and 6 french right -4 judkins catheter. Left ventriculogram was perfomed in RAO projection using 30 cc optiray at 12 cc/sec. Following ventriculogram, all the catheters were removed and patient left the lab in good condition"

    My question is... because it indicates a left and right french catheters I am assuming both right and left were catheterized? I would code 93526? Would I code for the ventriculogram?

    Im thinking

    93526
    93545
    93556

    again I am completely new to this so any suggestions at all would help!!
    As to the Judkins catheters, these catheters are pre-shaped by the factory to be used for coronary catheterization. Judkins is the person who designed the catheter (I believe he is a Cardiologist). The report does state that the coronaries were catheterized, and I hope there was an interpretation of the coronaries so they can be coded. So for your codes, you have 93510 , lt heart catheterization, 93545 - for injection of coronaries, 93543 - injection of LV, 93555 S&I of LV, 93556, S&I of coronary vessles.

    Hope that helps you out!
    Jim Pawloski CIRCC

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    Default Wow!
    Geez I was just a little bit off! Thank you so much. So I would use both 93555 for the ventriculography and 93556 for the coronary angiogram portion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggers01 View Post
    Geez I was just a little bit off! Thank you so much. So I would use both 93555 for the ventriculography and 93556 for the coronary angiogram portion?

    That is correct. I completely agree with the codes Jim gave but would stress that an interpretation is necessary to bill for 93543,93545,93555,93556. I too hope there is more documentation than you gave.

    Also, a Right Heart Cath and selection of the right coronary artery (for injection) are not the same thing. A RHC is performed through a venous access, which is not documented, therefore only 93510 should be coded.

    HTH
    Danny L. Peoples
    CIRCC,CPC

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    Default This is the entire report....
    Procedure: The patient received 25 mg Benadryl, 2 mg Valium intravenously.
    The right groin was prepped and draped in standard manner with 1% Lidocaine.
    The right femoral artery was punctured using 18-gauge thin-walled needle and a
    #6 catheter introducer placed in the right femoral artery using Seldinger
    technique. Coronary angiography was carried out in the standard manner using
    a 6 French left-4 Judkins catheter and 6 French right-4 Judkins catheter. Left
    ventriculogram was performed in RAO projection using 30cc Optiray at 12
    cc/sec. Following the ventriculogram, all the catheters and sheaths were
    removed and the patient left the catheterization lab in good condition without
    apparent complication.

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