Cardiology Question for the Week of September 18, 2017

Cardiology Compliance Question of the Week


Can we assign the coronary mechanical thrombectomy code (92973) for an aspiration thrombectomy catheter?


No, aspiration thrombectomy catheters do not qualify as “mechanical” thrombectomy for coronary interventional coding, according to the American Medical Association. The catheter should mechanically fragment a clot and remove it from the coronary artery.

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