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Do Not Report IVC Filter as Foreign Body Removal

Question: How can we report the retrieval of an intravascular vena cava filter? Can we report this as foreign body removal from the vena cava? New Mexico Subscriber Answer: You report code 37193 (Retrieval [removal] 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) [...]