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    I know that in the critical care setting, that when a doctor is managing the ecmo circuit daily we can bill code 33961 and get reimbursed for this. Would this same code be appended if the doctor was managing a ventricular assist device (berlin heart) daily?

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    Default Don't think you can use 33961

    I do not believe you can use 33961 if the patient is on a VAD.

    Have you looked at 93950? Not sure this is right, either. This is NOT my area of expertise.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    For daily VAD management look at code 93750. If you are billing an E&M on the same day, it needs to be a different dx other than the VAD/reason for the VAD as the E&M would require a modifier.
    Good luck--Becky

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