Cardiology Question for the Week of June 11, 2018

Cardiology Compliance Question of the Week


If a temporary pacemaker lead is inserted during a diagnostic heart cath, is it appropriate to charge for this lead placement if the patient does not leave the procedure room with it (the pacemaker lead)?


The 2018 National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual for Medicare Services, Chapter 5, Section D, states the following:

  1. CPT codes 33210 and 33211 describe insertion or replacement of temporary transvenous single and dual chamber respectively cardiac electrodes or pacemaker catheters. These codes shall not be reported with open or percutaneous cardiac procedures performed at the same patient encounter.

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