Cardiology Question for the Week of December 21, 2015

Cardiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

When the ipsilateral extremity is being evaluated for closure device placement, can the following code be reported? 

Answer:

+G0278   Iliac and/or femoral artery angiography, non-selective, bilateral or ipsilateral to catheter insertion, performed at the same time as cardiac catheterization and/or coronary angiography, includes positioning or placement of the catheter in the distal aorta or ipsilateral femoral or iliac artery, injection of dye, production of permanent images, and radiologic supervision and interpretation (List separately in addition to primary procedure)) 

No it cannot. Any contrast injections performed to evaluate the artery for closure=device placement is not separately reportable. G0278 would be reported when there is medical need documented, and true diagnostic arteriogram/s is performed.

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