by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC
Question: 61624 – CNS Embolization Right Internal Carotid Artery
I’m looking for clarification on the catheter placement for the above procedure. I understand a true diagnostic angio is separately billable, but somewhere along the line, I thought that when there is no diagnostic angio that the catheter placement is separately billable – 32617 for the artery being embolized, so in this case 61624, 36217, 75894, 75898. Is that correct or is the catheter placement inclusive?
You are correct. Catheter placements (36217, 36218) are separately reportable with a CNS embolization when a diagnostic study (36224 or 36228) is not done at the same session.
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