Question:

Should we report a separate S & I code with intravascular stent codes? Do we charge for angioplasty separately when reporting these codes?

Answer:

Intravascular stent codes 37236 (first artery) and 37237 (each additional artery), as well as angioplasty codes 37246 (first artery) and 37247 (each additional artery) include imaging guidance necessary to perform and document completion of the procedure. However, do not report a separate S & I code. Understand that angioplasty, whether performed in the same vessel as part of the intravascular stent placement, is considered inclusive in this service and is not charged separately.

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