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Femoral cutdown 34812

Deaconess Posted Wed 17th of October, 2018 09:45:18 AM
Good morning, I have a question on a patient who the doc went in and performed a femoral cutdown, but the discision to perform anything else was not done. They did the cut down, performed angiograms and cath placement in the tibial perneal and then decided to stop. Can we even bill for the 34812 since it is an add on code to codes that weren't performed? My thoughts would be just the angiograms, and cath placement would be all to code for, but want to ask the expert :) Thanks in advance.
SuperCoder Answered Thu 18th of October, 2018 04:07:07 AM


CPT 34812 says, while performing a primary procedure, the provider makes an incision in the groin down to the femoral artery in order to insert an endovascular prosthesis, a tubelike device placed within a vessel. he then continues with the primary procedure. Report this procedure separately in conjunction with the primary procedure code.

As per CPT guidelines, use 34812 in conjunction with 33880, 33881, 33883, 33884, 33886, 33990, 33991, 34701, 34702, 34703, 34704, 34705, 34706, 34707, 34708, 34841, 34842, 34843, 34844, 34845, 34846, 34847, 34848, 0254T. As per documentation, physician is not performing any one of them, so CPT 34812 will not be coded.



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