Cardiology Question for the Week of December 28, 2015

Cardiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

If a patient has a diagnostic heart cath with IVUS one day and then is taken back to have intracoronary stents deployed with IVUS the next day, can IVUS be coded at both sessions? 

Answer:

If medically necessary, IVUS could be coded a second time as long as the physician’s dictated report describes why it was used a second time.

Disclaimer: Every reasonable effort was made to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time it was published. However, due to the nature of industry changes over time we cannot guarantee its validity after the year it was published.