December 13, 2016
I see the new transluminal angioplasty codes include “all radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the angioplasty”. Does that include diagnostic angiograms?
No, it does not. The radiological supervision and interpretation (S&I) codes in the code description refer to the guidance radiological S&I for guidance, not diagnostic angiograms. If the rules are followed for reporting diagnostic angiograms at the same session as an intervention, a diagnostic angiogram may be reported with the angioplasty. Make sure to append a 59 modifier to the diagnostic study.
The codes for AV access/dialysis circuit imaging and interventions all change on January 1, 2017.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 12/13/16.