Monday, 23 January 2012

CPT 2012: 37191-37193: Banish Unlisted Codes From Your IVC Filter Claims

Get ready for new renal catheter placement codes, too.

Surgical codes that define the whole package are becoming the norm, and CPT® 2012 continues the trend. Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter procedures and renal angiography have new 2012 CPT codes that combine surgical and imaging services into one neat bundle.

Clarify Your IVC Filter Options

Get ready for an all new way to report IVC filter services, outlining the service as insertion, repositioning, or retrieval:


  • 37191 – (Insertion of intravascular vena cava filter, endovascular approach including vascular access, vessel selection, and radiological supervision and interpretation, intraprocedural roadmapping, and imaging guidance (ultrasound and fluoroscopy), when performed)

  • 37192 – (Repositioning of intravascular vena cava filter ...)

  • 37193 – (Retrieval (removal) of intravascular vena cava filter ....)

  • Old way: In 2011, you reported IVC filter placement with 36010 (Introduction of catheter, superior or inferior vena cava for catheterization), 37620 (Interruption, partial or complete, of inferior vena cava by suture, ligation, plication, clip, extravascular, intravascular [umbrella device]), and 75940 (Percutaneous placement of IVC filter, radiological supervision and interpretation). As 37191 includes all of these elements, CPT® 2012 deletes the IVC-specific codes 37620 and 75940.

    Clarify retrieval: Coding IVC filter removal wasn't as clear in 2011 as it is now. Prior to creation of 37193, payers may have demanded unlisted procedure codes or transcatheter retrieval codes 75961 (Transcatheter retrieval, percutaneous, of intravascular foreign body [e.g., fractured venous or arterial catheter], radiological supervision and interpretation) and 37203 (Transcatheter retrieval, percutaneous, of intravascular foreign body [e.g., fractured venous or arterial catheter) to describe the service. 2012 CPT updates clarify that you must not report 37193 alongside 75961 and 37203.

    Replace Your Old Renal Catheter Placement Codes

    Renal angiography sports four new 2012 CPT codes effective Jan. 1, 2012. Key elements differentiating the codes include whether the service is first order or it is higher, and whether the service is unilateral or bilateral:


  • 36251 – (Selective catheter placement (first-order), main renal artery and any accessory renal artery(s) for renal angiography, including arterial puncture and catheter placement(s), fluoroscopy, contrast injection(s), image postprocessing, permanent recording of images, and radiological supervision and interpretation, including pressure gradient measurements when performed, and flush aortogram when performed; unilateral)

  • 36252 – (... bilateral)

  • 36253 – (Superselective catheter placement (one or more second order or higher renal artery branches) renal artery and any accessory renal artery(s) for renal angiography, including arterial puncture, catheterization, fluoroscopy, contrast injection(s), image postprocessing, permanent recording of images, and radiological supervision and interpretation, including pressure gradient measurements when performed, and flush aortogram when performed; unilateral)

  • 36254 – (... bilateral.

  • Tip: When reporting the new renal 2012 CPT codes, do not report 36254 with 36252.

    You also must not report 36253 with 36251 when carried out on the same renal/kidney. The accessory renal arteries only has an impact on medical coding if the catheter placement is in a second or higher order position

    Don't miss: The addition of these 2012 CPT codes means you'll no longer use a code from 36245-+36248 (Selective catheter placement, arterial system...) to report the catheterization. And because imaging services are included in the new 2012 CPT codes, CPT® deletes 75722-75724 (Angiography, renal ...).

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