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77001 Acceptable Primary Codes

  1. Question 77001 Acceptable Primary Codes
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    I bill for a radiologist and we removed a central venous catheter using flouroscopic guidance. We submitted codes 36589 and 77001/26 to Medicare. The 36589 was paid but the 77001/26 denied as "primary procedure not billed." The description of 77001 is Fluoroscopic guidance for central venous access device placement, replacement, or removal. I contacted the carrier and they state that the 36589 is not an acceptable primary code per CMS. I asked for guidance in locating a policy and have been unsuccessful. Does anyone know what the acceptable primary procedure codes for CMS are and where I can find this information? Has anyone else experienced this with their Medicare contractor? There is a discrepancy between the code description and the policy. Thanks for help.

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    here is the list:
    Primary Px - 77001




    This list shows the primary procedure codes(s) appropriate for use with this add-on code.


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    36555 Insertion of non-tunneled centrally inserted central venous catheter; younger than 5 years of age
    36556 Insertion of non-tunneled centrally inserted central venous catheter; age 5 years or older
    36557 Insertion of tunneled centrally inserted central venous catheter, without subcutaneous port or pump; younger than 5 years of age
    36558 Insertion of tunneled centrally inserted central venous catheter, without subcutaneous port or pump; age 5 years or older
    36560 Insertion of tunneled centrally inserted central venous access device, with subcutaneous port; younger than 5 years of age
    36561 Insertion of tunneled centrally inserted central venous access device, with subcutaneous port; age 5 years or older
    36563 Insertion of tunneled centrally inserted central venous access device with subcutaneous pump
    36565 Insertion of tunneled centrally inserted central venous access device, requiring two catheters via two separate venous access sites; without subcutaneous port or pump (eg, Tesio type catheter)
    36566 Insertion of tunneled centrally inserted central venous access device, requiring two catheters via two separate venous access sites; with subcutaneous port(s)
    36568 Insertion of peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC), without subcutaneous port or pump; younger than 5 years of age
    36569 Insertion of peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC), without subcutaneous port or pump; age 5 years or older
    36570 Insertion of peripherally inserted central venous access device, with subcutaneous port; younger than 5 years of age
    36571 Insertion of peripherally inserted central venous access device, with subcutaneous port; age 5 years or older
    36575 Repair of tunneled or non-tunneled central venous access catheter, without subcutaneous port or pump, central or peripheral insertion site
    36576 Repair of central venous access device, with subcutaneous port or pump, central or peripheral insertion site
    36578 Replacement, catheter only, of central venous access device, with subcutaneous port or pump, central or peripheral insertion site
    36580 Replacement, complete, of a non-tunneled centrally inserted central venous catheter, without subcutaneous port or pump, through same venous access
    36581 Replacement, complete, of a tunneled centrally inserted central venous catheter, without subcutaneous port or pump, through same venous access
    36582 Replacement, complete, of a tunneled centrally inserted central venous access device, with subcutaneous port, through same venous access
    36583 Replacement, complete, of a tunneled centrally inserted central venous access device, with subcutaneous pump, through same venous access
    36584 Replacement, complete, of a peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC), without subcutaneous port or pump, through same venous access
    36585 Replacement, complete, of a peripherally inserted central venous access device, with subcutaneous port, through same venous access
    36589 Removal of tunneled central venous catheter, without subcutaneous port or pump
    36590 Removal of tunneled central venous access device, with subcutaneous port or pump, central or peripheral insertion
    36595 Mechanical removal of pericatheter obstructive material (eg, fibrin sheath) from central venous device via separate venous access
    36596 Mechanical removal of intraluminal (intracatheter) obstructive material from central venous device through device lumen
    36597 Repositioning of previously placed central venous catheter under fluoroscopic guidance

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    Quote Originally Posted by tchyko View Post
    I bill for a radiologist and we removed a central venous catheter using flouroscopic guidance. We submitted codes 36589 and 77001/26 to Medicare. The 36589 was paid but the 77001/26 denied as "primary procedure not billed." The description of 77001 is Fluoroscopic guidance for central venous access device placement, replacement, or removal. I contacted the carrier and they state that the 36589 is not an acceptable primary code per CMS. I asked for guidance in locating a policy and have been unsuccessful. Does anyone know what the acceptable primary procedure codes for CMS are and where I can find this information? Has anyone else experienced this with their Medicare contractor? There is a discrepancy between the code description and the policy. Thanks for help.

    I posted the list for you, your code is on it..not sure why they would deny it. It doesnt make sense to me. (The list is from Encoder Pro)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tchyko View Post
    I bill for a radiologist and we removed a central venous catheter using flouroscopic guidance. We submitted codes 36589 and 77001/26 to Medicare. The 36589 was paid but the 77001/26 denied as "primary procedure not billed." The description of 77001 is Fluoroscopic guidance for central venous access device placement, replacement, or removal. I contacted the carrier and they state that the 36589 is not an acceptable primary code per CMS. I asked for guidance in locating a policy and have been unsuccessful. Does anyone know what the acceptable primary procedure codes for CMS are and where I can find this information? Has anyone else experienced this with their Medicare contractor? There is a discrepancy between the code description and the policy. Thanks for help.
    Hi,
    The documentation requirements are the criterion I suppose. The doctor must dictate a separate (outside the body of her operative note) interpretation of the fluoroscopic guidance and he/she must also have a permanent recording of the procedure documenting catheter position. If the doctor meets these requirements, he/she may report CPT code 77001-26 for the professional interpretation.

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    What's the source for this "separate report" business on fluoro interps?

    With services such as these, it should suffice for the provider to place his/her interp and notation of permanent images inside the body of the same procedure note. It is not a standard practice for providers to separate these things into two and three distinct notes. There is also no benfit from that practice--as it would certainly clutter up the medical record!

    I'd like to gander at this source, because I just do not believe CMS had that sentiment in mind (creating separate reports for each CPT reported). Come on!

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