For the Week of August 18, 2014
Can I bill for a temporary pacemaker with a heart catheterization procedure?
No, the description for both temporary pacemaker codes (below) indicates that these are separate procedures, and the codes may not be assigned when the placement is a component of a more complex procedure.
|33210||Insertion or replacement of temporary transvenous single chamber cardiac electrode or pacemaker catheter (separate procedure)|
|33211||Insertion or replacement of temporary transvenous dual chamber pacing electrodes (separate procedure)|
In addition, current national correct coding initiative (CCI) edits show that when a temporary pacemaker (33210) is placed on the same date of service (DOS) as a diagnostic heart catheterization, the CCI modifier indicator is "0" and both codes will not be allowed. In this scenario, the column 1 code is the heart cath procedure.
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