Updated procedural codes allow more tailored reimbursement

01/28/2013 | Cardiology Today's Intervention magazine

Although interventional cardiology has seen vast change and advancement over the past two decades, the codes used to bill for procedures were unchanged, write Drs. James Blankenship and Clifford Kavinsky. Recent CMS scrutiny offered an opportunity for SCAI and the American College of Cardiology to address issues and inconsistencies with the old codes. The new codes, which address coronary angioplasty, atherectomy and stent implantation, are more numerous and more complex, but they allow interventionalists to bill and be compensated fairly.

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