Week of May 13, 2013
The American Medical Association deleted code 75650 in 2013. How do you code for a diagnostic aortic arch angiogram with an upper extremity angio? No carotid angiography was performed.
The correct coding would depend on what was actually done and documented. An arch study would be assigned 36221. If a separate extremity angiogram was also performed, then 75710 could be assigned. Using additional catheterization codes (36215–36217) with 36221 have not been clarified. One possibility would be to code 36221-52, along with 75710 and the appropriate extremity catheterization code (36215–36217). Check with your payer for guidelines.
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