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Thread: Repeat Left Heart Cath

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    Apr 2007
    Charleston, WV

    Default Repeat Left Heart Cath

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    We have a patient that our doctor did a lhc on Tuesday Oct 12th which has already been billed. DX was normal cause of chest pain unknown. Because patient is continuing to have chest pain of a severe level the same doctor did another lhc this morning to evulate the cause of pain. My question is can we rebill that procedure? I was thinking of using the modifier of "return to the operating table" however because this is a diagonstic procedure I'm not sure that it would apply. Does anyone had this situation in the past? Any suggestions on how to bill it?

    Jessica Chandler CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CCC
    Charleston, WV[/COLOR]

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    Apr 2007
    Green Bay


    I wouldn't put any modifiers on the cath for "return to OR" as caths have a 0 day global.

    I would just bill the cath codes as is.

    Jessica CPC, CCC

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    Yes it is billable as long as there is medical necessity which if there is ie recurrent chest pain. I would just go ahead and bill the second heart catheter without a modifier. The 76 and 77 mods are for repeat procedure on the same day. It should get paid ok and if it doesnt appeal and send the reports.

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