Cardiology Question for the Week of October 31, 2016

Cardiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

When placing a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), physicians sometimes do a venogram. Lab staff know they can’t code the venogram supervision and interpretation (S & I) but think that code 36005 can be assigned. Is this correct?

Answer:

No, neither the venogram S & I nor the catheterization code can be reported with pacemaker or ICD placement.

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