See how to code lead repair and battery change at same session.
Coding for electrode repair is a little clearer in 2012.
In 2011, your electrode (lead) repair options for a pacemaker (PM) or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) included these two codes:
You might see electrode repair for problems like insulation breaks, explained Vicki Pappas, CPC, in her December 2011 presentation "It's Electrifying....EP Coding 2012 Updates" (www.codingconferences.com).
Problem: Based on the wording in the 2011 definitions, neither code seemed appropriate for repair of a single lead in a dual-chamber system. Code 33218 referred to a single lead in a single-chamber system, and 33220 referred to repairing two leads in a dual-chamber system. At one point, AMA's Principles of CPT® Coding [...]