Cardiology Question for the Week of May 30, 2016

Question:

Question:

When a left heart catheterization is performed and an aspiration thrombectomy follows, we have been assigning code 92973. Someone recently said that this is the wrong assignment. What code do we assign for an aspiration thrombectomy?

Answer:

Answer:

For coronary procedures, aspiration thrombectomy is NOT considered mechanical thrombectomy. It is included in any other interventional procedure performed. If aspiration thrombectomy is the only intervention performed, then you would assign code 93799 (unlisted cardiovascular service or procedure).