Cardiology Question for the Week of July 18, 2016

Question:

Question:

During a left heart catheterization (LHC) procedure for myocardial infarction (STEMI), the patient required insertion of a temporary pacer due to bradycardia. Can I charge 33210 in addition to 93458?

Answer:

Answer:

Unfortunately, you cannot assign code 33210 because it is listed as a separate procedure and can’t be reported if it is used during another procedure. There are national correct coding initiative (NCCI) edits for 33210 with 93458 and all of the other heart catheterization and coronary angiography codes. The edit cannot be bypassed.