Q & A with Dr. Z: 61624 – CNS Embolization Right Internal Carotid Artery


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?

Answer:
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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About the Author

David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC
David Zielske is founder and President of ZHealth Publishing and primary author and editor of ZHealth publications. Dr. Z practiced as an interventional radiologist and has over twenty years experience as a coding reviewer and coding expert. He is Board Certified in Radiology and has functioned as an independent interventional radiology, vascular surgery, and cardiovascular coding consultant to a variety of physician groups and hospital providers across the country. He also served as an instructor for over 200 coding seminars.

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