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C1749 New Catheter

Catherine Posted Fri 01st of April, 2011 12:48:05 PM

The ASC that I do consulting for is starting to use this catheter. It is also referred to as the "3rd eye". There is no info on this code, so I was wondering if some of you have seen this too.

SuperCoder Answered Fri 01st of April, 2011 20:06:01 PM

The description for C1749 is "Endoscope, retrograde imaging/illumination colonoscope device (implantable)"

I think you are referring to some other code, as this is not catheter.

Otherwise, C series of HCPCS may include device catagories, new technology procedures, and drugs, biologicals and radiopharmaceuticals that do not have other HCPCS codes assigned.

Catherine Posted Tue 12th of July, 2011 11:46:35 AM

It is a new device and as mentioned in my original post, called the 3rd eye.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 12th of July, 2011 16:21:28 PM

In October 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established a new outpatient pass-through C-code (C1749) for the Third Eye Retroscope, positioning the device for expedited adoption by healthcare providers, who can now submit claims for reimbursement for use of this clinically significant product.

The Third Eye Retroscope is a catheter-based camera that is inserted through the instrument channel of a standard colonoscope to provide the physician with a retrograde (backward) view of the lining of the colon.

This retrograde view can reveal lesions that are hidden behind folds where they can't be seen with the colonoscope's forward view alone.

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