For the Week of November 17, 2014
What code would be assigned for inserting a new lead into an existing pacemaker? The old right ventricular (RV) lead was capped, and a new RV lead was inserted.
Assign the following code when a lead is inserted but the pacemaker is not replaced:
|33216||Insertion of a single transvenous electrode, permanent pacemaker or cardioverter-defibrillator|
If the old lead had been removed, you also could assign the following code:
|33234||Removal of transvenous pacemaker electrode(s); single lead system, atrial or ventricular|
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