New PCI codes acknowledge the more difficult cases, experts say

12/3/2012 | TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration)

SCAI and other medical societies protected clinicians from more significant cuts to CMS payment rates for interventional procedures, physicians say, and now the groups are working to help members understand the coding changes. "The new coding structure for the coronary intervention is an improvement on the old intervention codes, [which] did not distinguish between the more complex and the less complex procedures," said Dr. James Blankenship. There will be 13 new codes for percutaneous coronary intervention reporting in 2013, including codes for more challenging cases.

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