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    New Interventional Cardiology Codes for 2013 Released

    September 07, 2012

    The AMA released the CPT ®2013 Data File this week, providing the public’s first glimpse at the new code numbers and descriptors for 2013. There are many new codes for interventional cardiology, including a new family of 13 codes describing PCI procedures (92920-92944), a new family of codes to describe transcatheter aortic valve repair (TAVR) from a endovascular approach (33361-33365) and four new codes describing the insertion, repositioning, and removal of percutaneous ventricular assist devices (pVADs) (33990-33993).

    The new family of PCI codes represents a significant departure from existing coding conventions for these services. There are two subsets of codes:

    • The first eight codes were patterned after the coding conventions established for new lower limb revascularization codes, which went into effect in 2011. These codes support reporting revascularization for each major coronary artery(ies) and branch(es) treated. The major coronary arteries are now identified as the left main, left anterior descending, left circumflex, right, and ramus intermedius arteries. All revascularization procedures performed in all segments (proximal, mid, distal) of a single major coronary artery through the native coronary circulation are reported with one code.
    • The final five codes define these same services when provided to certain specific patient populations – those who have had coronary artery bypass graft(s) (CABG), those having active ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI), and those with chronic total coronary artery occlusion. 

    SCAI is gearing up to educate and prepare you and your staff for these sweeping coding changes coming in 2013.

    SAVE THE DATE - November 28, 2012, from 3-5 PM (ET)
    2013 Coding Update from the House of CardiologySCAI, ACC, and HRS Are Coming Together to Prepare You for the Sweeping Changes in Cardiology Coding Coming in 2013

    Mark your office calendars now for a web-based educational program designed to prepare you and your billing staff for major changes coming to cardiology coding in 2013. To protect the valuations for your bread-and-butter procedures, the House of Cardiology initiated a complete restructuring of the codes and coding conventions for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and ablation procedures.

    At this important webinar, you will learn directly from those who presented the codes and sat at the table during the CPT and RUC processes. Learn from experts Robert Piana, MD, FACC, Amit J. Shanker, MD, FHRS, Art Lee, MD, FSCAI, and Clifford Kavinsky, MD, PhD, FSCAI, how to code for these procedures using the new coding paradigms.

    And don't miss this opportunity to hear from James Blankenship, MD, FACC, FSCAI, who serves as Cardiology's RUC Panel representative and will present the spotlight topic: "The RUC Process, the RUC Survey and the Benefits of Coalition Building." Dr. Blankenship will describe and take your questions about the impact of the RUC on you and your practice, why your participation in the process is essential, and how SCAI, ACC and HRS band together and engage others in efforts to protect the values for the services and procedures provided to cardiovascular patients.

    More Information on AMA's CPT ®2013 Data File