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    I have an operative note that indicates an atherectomy was performed to complete a pilot channel through a 90% napkin-ring lesion to facilitate a balloon angioplasty. Would you code this as an angioplasty or atherectomy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laschneider View Post
    I have an operative note that indicates an atherectomy was performed to complete a pilot channel through a 90% napkin-ring lesion to facilitate a balloon angioplasty. Would you code this as an angioplasty or atherectomy?
    Yoy should code the angioplasty. I verified this in a medical dictionary and the artherectomy is considered part of the angioplasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmkeirn View Post
    Yoy should code the angioplasty. I verified this in a medical dictionary and the artherectomy is considered part of the angioplasty.
    If you go back to a question that I submitted a few weeks ago, I was told from someone who went to a Dr.Z's seminar that you bill for the atherectomy, and not the angioplasty. The question is on pg 2 on this site.

    Have a good day!,
    Jim Pawloski, CIRCC
    National Healthcare Review

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    Thank you very much for your help!

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