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Cardiology

For the Week of November 17, 2014

Question:

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.

Answer:

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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