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Angioplasty - 35476

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    Can we code CPT 35476 twice for the below procedure as angiopasty is done both at the stent(35476) and brachiocephalic vein(35476)?


    The patient's right arm was prepped and draped in the usual
    sterile manner and locally anesthetized with lidocaine. The AV
    graft was accessed antegrade with a micropuncture set. A 7-French
    vascular sheath was placed. Contrast was injected and digital
    subtraction angiography was performed. Angiography was performed
    of the entire AV fistula and central venous outflow.

    FINDINGS:
    There are focal moderate stenoses in the venous limb of the shunt,
    at the peripheral and central ends of the stent. There is a
    moderate stenosis centrally at the brachial cephalic vein, without
    significant change from the prior study, pre-intervention.

    INTERVENTION:
    Angioplasty was performed at the peripheral and central portion of
    the existing stent with a 9-mm diameter conquest balloon.
    Completion angiography demonstrated good angiographic results.

    Angioplasty was then performed at the brachiocephalic vein
    stenosis with a 14-mm Atlas balloon. Completion angiography
    demonstrated a fair- good result.

    At the end of the procedure the vascular sheath was removed and
    hemostasis was achieved with manual compression. A sterile
    dressing was applied. The patient tolerated the procedure well
    and left the department in stable condition.

    IMPRESSION:
    Moderate stenosis at the peripheral and central edge of the
    existing venous anastamotic stent. Angioplasty to 9 mm with good
    angiographic result.

    Moderate stenosis at the right brachiocephalic vein.
    Angioplastied to 14 mm with fair-good angiographic result. No
    immediate complications.
    Prabha CPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by prabha View Post
    Can we code CPT 35476 twice for the below procedure as angiopasty is done both at the stent(35476) and brachiocephalic vein(35476)?


    The patient's right arm was prepped and draped in the usual
    sterile manner and locally anesthetized with lidocaine. The AV
    graft was accessed antegrade with a micropuncture set. A 7-French
    vascular sheath was placed. Contrast was injected and digital
    subtraction angiography was performed. Angiography was performed
    of the entire AV fistula and central venous outflow.

    FINDINGS:
    There are focal moderate stenoses in the venous limb of the shunt,
    at the peripheral and central ends of the stent. There is a
    moderate stenosis centrally at the brachial cephalic vein, without
    significant change from the prior study, pre-intervention.

    INTERVENTION:
    Angioplasty was performed at the peripheral and central portion of
    the existing stent with a 9-mm diameter conquest balloon.
    Completion angiography demonstrated good angiographic results.

    Angioplasty was then performed at the brachiocephalic vein
    stenosis with a 14-mm Atlas balloon. Completion angiography
    demonstrated a fair- good result.

    At the end of the procedure the vascular sheath was removed and
    hemostasis was achieved with manual compression. A sterile
    dressing was applied. The patient tolerated the procedure well
    and left the department in stable condition.

    IMPRESSION:
    Moderate stenosis at the peripheral and central edge of the
    existing venous anastamotic stent. Angioplasty to 9 mm with good
    angiographic result.

    Moderate stenosis at the right brachiocephalic vein.
    Angioplastied to 14 mm with fair-good angiographic result. No
    immediate complications.

    Yes you can, and should IMO.

    HTH
    Danny L. Peoples
    CIRCC,CPC

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    But I am getting denial with 35476 from Medicare stating that they will pay for CPT 35476 only once per day or it should hold a bilateral modifier(50).In the above mentioned case, we cannot append modifier 50 & also we should bill it twice...What are your thoughts on this??
    Prabha CPC

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    Have you tried filing an appeal? You could send notes then so that they could see that using the code twice was justifiable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prabha View Post
    But I am getting denial with 35476 from Medicare stating that they will pay for CPT 35476 only once per day or it should hold a bilateral modifier(50).In the above mentioned case, we cannot append modifier 50 & also we should bill it twice...What are your thoughts on this??

    You could try using modifier 59 for the brachiocephalic venoplasty and assign modifier 459.2 (venous stricture). You might also ask the payor if modifier 76 is more applicable. And of course be prepared to file and appeal and send the report.

    HTH
    Last edited by dpeoples; 09-22-2010 at 12:40 PM.
    Danny L. Peoples
    CIRCC,CPC

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    Thanks....I will try an appeal...
    Prabha CPC

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