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Jan 11, 2018
Retroactive Billing Medicare for Drug Coated Angioplasty Balloon Code C2623 with AV Dialysis Intervention Codes
Medicare is allowing pass-through payment for code C2623 with AV dialysis interventions for claims filed retroactively for dates of service from August 25, 2017, through December 31, 2017. Pass-through payment wasn’t made with this combination in 2017 due to Medicare not changing its limited coverage for the catheter’s use only in the femoral popliteal arteries. Effective January 1, 2018, pass-through payment for code C2623 ended.
Dec 31, 2017
December 2017 Q & A
Question: Drug Eluting Balloon C2623 with CPT 36902
Our facility is performing the AV angiography of the dialysis circuit as described in CPT code 36902. The surgery department is using the device code C2623 for the drug eluting balloon that is documented as being used by the surgeon. We are receiving denials that the drug eluting balloon code does not have a matching CPT code. From what I can find, it appears that drug eluting balloon code C2623 can only be used with fem/pop procedures; is this correct?
Nov 21, 2017
November 2017 Q & A
Question: Infrarenal AAA
My provider did infrarenal AAA, using US guidance, he accessed both femoral arteries. He deployed a Gore endovascular stent with careful attention not to encroach the left renal artery. Then, the Gore limb was placed into the right common iliac artery. An extender device was placed from the main body limb, just above the left hypogastric. My question: is it appropriate to code 34825 since he used another limb extension?
Oct 31, 2017
On January 1, 2018, long-utilized HCPCS code G0364, Bone marrow aspiration performed with bone marrow biopsy through the same incision on the same date aof service, will be retired.
Aug 28, 2017
August 2017 Q & A
Question: Repair of EVAR with Deployment of 2 Gore Excluder Limbs
This patient developed a type III endoleak due to component separation of the left iliac limb from a prior EVAR. To repair this, our physicians first used an Excluder limb across both graft defects followed by a second Excluder limb in the patient's iliac, to bridge the separation of components. I would normally code this with 34825, 75953.
However, I am not sure how to code for a second graft in this case or if I can code for it at all because I am not positive that the second graft is considered a separate vessel and qualifies for the 34826. There is no mention of it being placed in either the external or internal iliac.