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Upgrading to ICD question

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    I am trying to find out if it is actually considered an upgrade if a patient has and existing dual chamber pacemaker and is receiving a dual chamber ICD. If it IS considered an upgrade, where can I find something in writing that tell me this?

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    No this is not considered an upgrade. An upgrade would be if you have a single chamber pacemaker and go to a dual chamber pacemaker. Not a pacemaker to an icd. Look at code 33214.

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited by; 07-30-2010 at 04:39 AM. Reason: to many if's

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