Question:

Is the coding of a diagnostic cardiac catheterization different based on the access into the body, for example: radial versus femoral artery?

Answer:

No, the vascular access site utilized does not influence the coding. The CPT® codes for cardiac catheterization include the access into the vascular system.


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This question was answered in the 2017 edition of our Peripheral and Cardiology Coder. For more hot topics relating to cardiology services, please view our store, or call us at 1.800.252.1578 ext. 2.

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