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Easy trick to learn Cpt Code for Peripheral Angiography

Basic about Cpt Code for Peripheral Angiogram

Angiography or angiogram is a study of blood vessel like artery or vein through x rays. Angiography is very common while coding Interventional radiology reports in Medical Coding. Vascular procedure will have to perform angiography to find any abnormality in blood vessel. Angiography is performed along with catheterization procedure. Mostly angiography is performed on extremities or peripheral region to find any peripheral vascular disease. The CPT code for peripheral angiography differs with the arteries under study. There are many blood vessels present in our body. Let’s check out how peripheral angiogram CPT code is used for coding different arteries of the body. I would like you to learn first about concept about cpt code for runoff study of abdominal aortogram.

Easy trick to learn Cpt Code for Peripheral Angiography

Cpt Code for Peripheral Angiography for Upper & lower Extremities

Extremities are the most common site to study during Interventional radiology coding. Mostly lower extremities are studying while performing aortogram without runoff. The catheter is inserted through a femoral artery and into the aorta and contrast in injected to study aortogram and also single or both lower extremities. The CPT code for peripheral angiogram will vary for unilateral or bilateral upper and lower extremities. Also, we will code the aortogram for studying aorta. Below are codes used for coding aortogram and extremity angiography.

75625 – Aortogram without runoff, abdominal, radiology supervision and interpretation

75630- Aortogram with runoff, abdominal + bilateral lower extremity, catheter, radiology supervision and interpretation.

75710- Angiography, extremity, unilateral, radiology supervision and interpretation.

75716- Angiography, extremity, Bilateral, radiology supervision and interpretation

When to code CPT code for Peripheral Angiogram with Aortogram

Peripheral Angiography is performed most of times along with Aortogram. Aorta is the main artery through which lower extremity arteries arises. Hence, when a catheter is placed in aorta and contrast in injected the contrast flows into lower extremities. This helps in studying both aortogram and lower extremities together. Hence, we code both aortogram and peripheral angiography together i.e. 75630. Now, we will try to understand through some examples. Learn also about the rules about coding Selective and Non-Selective catheterization.

1. Suppose the Right common femoral artery is accessed with a catheter. The catheter is moved to aorta and injects a contrast without moving from the original position. Now, here the contrast flows in the aorta and enters in both lower extremities. Here if we have the finding supporting for aortogram as well as for both lower extremities, we will code only 75630. This study is called runoff study, because the catheter studies both aortogram and lower extremities from a single position.

2. Again, with same scenario as above, after reaching the aorta, if the catheter injects a contrast at first position and then again moves to another position (junction dividing right and lower extremity) and again injects a contrast. In such case, the study of aorta and bilateral lower extremity is done from different positions. In such case, we will code two codes 75625 (aortogram), 75716 (both extremities), if the finding support for both aortogram and bilateral extremity angiography.

3. Now, the above scenarios can be applied for upper extremities as well. The arteries arising directly from aorta also form Upper extremity. Subclavian artery arises from aorta and divide into Brachial and then into radial and ulnar arteries. Same CPT code for peripheral angiography is used for unilateral (75710) and bilateral (75716) studies of upper extremities.

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Additional code for CPT code for Peripheral Angiography

When there is more than one artery is studied after basic exam, we have to use another CPT code for supervision and interpretation 75774. The CPT code 75774 is coded when a more than one artery is studied from same vascular family. This code is an add-on code and can be coded as many times. There are some related interventional peripheral angioplasty and stent placement cpt codes, which mostly includes the angiography. Below are the list of the angioplasty and stent placement procedures codes.

Angioplasty CPT codes

35471 – Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; Renal or visceral artery (deleted in 2017)

35475 – Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; Brachiocephalic trunk or branches, each vessel (deleted in 2017)

35476 – Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; Venous (deleted in 2017)

Also the related  radiologic imaging services codes 75962, 75964, 75966, 75968, 75978 have been deleted in 2017. Checkout the new codes CPT codes for angioplasty below.

37220 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, iliac artery, unilateral, initial vessel; with transluminal angioplasty

37222 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, iliac artery, each additional ipsilateral iliac vessel; with transluminal angioplasty (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

37224 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, femoral/popliteal artery(s), unilateral; with transluminal angioplasty

37228 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, tibial/peroneal artery, unilateral, initial vessel; with transluminal angioplasty

37232 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, tibial/peroneal artery, unilateral, each additional vessel; with transluminal angioplasty (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

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New CPT codes in 2017 for Angioplasty 

36902 –  Introduction of needle(s) and/or catheter(s), dialysis circuit, with diagnostic angiography of the dialysis circuit, including all direct puncture(s) and catheter placement(s), injection(s) of contrast, all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior vena cava, fluoroscopic guidance, radiological supervision and interpretation and image documentation and report; with transluminal balloon angioplasty, peripheral dialysis segment, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the angioplasty 

36903– Introduction of needle(s) and/or catheter(s), dialysis circuit, with diagnostic angiography of the dialysis circuit, including all direct puncture(s) and catheter placement(s), injection(s) of contrast, all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior vena cava, fluoroscopic guidance, radiological supervision and interpretation and image documentation and report; with transcatheter placement of intravascular stent(s), peripheral dialysis segment, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the stenting, and all angioplasty within the peripheral dialysis segment 

36904 – Percutaneous transluminal mechanical thrombectomy and/or infusion for thrombolysis, dialysis circuit, any method, including all imaging and  radiological supervision and interpretation, diagnostic angiography, fluoroscopic guidance, catheter placement(s), and intraprocedural pharmacological thrombolytic injection(s)

36905 – Percutaneous transluminal mechanical thrombectomy and/or infusion for thrombolysis, dialysis circuit, any method, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation, diagnostic angiography, fluoroscopic guidance, catheter placement(s), and intraprocedural pharmacological thrombolytic injection(s); with transluminal balloon angioplasty, peripheral dialysis segment, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the angioplasty

36906 – Percutaneous transluminal mechanical thrombectomy and/or infusion for thrombolysis, dialysis circuit, any method, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation, diagnostic angiography, fluoroscopic guidance, catheter placement(s), and intraprocedural pharmacological thrombolytic injection(s); with transcatheter placement of intravascular stent(s), peripheral dialysis segment, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the stenting, and all angioplasty within the peripheral dialysis circui

36907 – Transluminal balloon angioplasty, central dialysis segment, performed  through dialysis circuit, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation required to perform the angioplasty (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) 

36908 – Transcatheter placement of intravascular stent(s), central dialysis segment, performed through dialysis circuit, including all imaging radiological supervision and interpretation required to perform the stenting, and all angioplasty in the central dialysis segment (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) 

36909– Dialysis circuit permanent vascular embolization or occlusion (including main circuit or any accessory veins), endovascular, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to complete the intervention (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) 

37246 – Transluminal balloon angioplasty (except lower extremity artery(ies) for occlusive disease, intracranial, coronary, pulmonary, or dialysis circuit), open or percutaneous, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the angioplasty within the same artery; initial artery 

37247 – Transluminal balloon angioplasty (except lower extremity artery(ies) for occlusive disease, intracranial, coronary, pulmonary, or dialysis circuit), open or percutaneous, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the angioplasty within the same artery; each additional artery (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) 

37248 – Transluminal balloon angioplasty (except lower extremity artery(ies) for occlusive disease, intracranial, coronary, pulmonary, or dialysis circuit), open or percutaneous, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the angioplasty within the same artery; each additional artery (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) 

37249 – Transluminal balloon angioplasty (except dialysis circuit), open or percutaneous, including all imaging and radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the angioplasty within the same vein; each additional vein (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) 

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Stent placement CPT codes

37221 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, iliac artery, unilateral, initial vessel; with transluminal stent placement(s), includes angioplasty within same vessel, when performed

37223 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, iliac artery, each additional ipsilateral iliac vessel; with transluminal stent placement(s), includes angioplasty within same vessel, when performed (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

37226 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, femoral/popliteal artery(s), unilateral; with transluminal stent placement(s), includes angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed

37230 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, tibial/peroneal artery, unilateral, initial vessel; with transluminal stent placement(s), includes angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed

37234 – Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, tibial/peroneal artery, unilateral, each additional vessel; with transluminal stent placement(s), includes angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

37236 – Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s) (except lower extremity artery(s) for occlusive disease, cervical carotid, extracranial vertebral or intrathoracic carotid, intracranial, or coronary), open or percutaneous, including radiological supervision and interpretation and including all angiooplasty within the same vessel, when performed; initial artery

37237 – Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s) (except lower extremity artery(s) for occlusive disease, cervical carotid, extracranial vertebral or intrathoracic carotid, intracranial, or coronary), open or percutaneous, including radiological supervision and interpretation and including all angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; each additional artery (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

37238 – Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s), open or percutaneous, including radiological supervision and interpretation and including angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; initial vein

37239 – Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s), open or percutaneous, including radiological supervision and interpretation and including angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; each additional vein (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

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