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    What code is used when access for a cath is done through the radial artery?

    Elaine Barnett, CPC
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    93510 - The radial is a branch of the brachial artery so it would be correct to still bill 93510 since the code states "from the brachial artery, axillary artery, or femoral artery." I hope so anyway because that is how we bill it
    Hope this helps!
    Susie Corrado, CPC
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    Quote Originally Posted by scorrado View Post
    93510 - The radial is a branch of the brachial artery so it would be correct to still bill 93510 since the code states "from the brachial artery, axillary artery, or femoral artery." I hope so anyway because that is how we bill it
    Hope this helps!

    This code (93510) is for a left heart cath, not merely access to the radial artery. I think what she may need is 36140, introduction of needle or intracatheter, extremity artery (not brachial). If a left heart cath is infact being performed, then 93510 is correct.

    HTH
    Last edited by dpeoples; 07-01-2010 at 04:18 PM. Reason: clarification.
    Danny L. Peoples
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