Cardiology Question for the Week of February 22, 2016

Cardiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Is code 92973 the appropriate code for aspiration of a thrombus within a coronary vessel? 

Answer:

In the coronary system, “mechanical thrombectomy,” such as is described by 92973, does not include aspiration thrombectomy, and a parenthetical note in the CPT book under 92973 specifically excludes aspiration thrombectomy. 

Aspiration thrombectomy is specifically included in 92941 and is actually also included in other interventions.  In the rare case of aspiration thrombectomy being the only intervention, unlisted code 93799 could be reported. 

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