For the Week of September 26, 2016

Can the hospital code for placement of a temporary pacemaker (33210) at the same session as a coronary intervention?

Code 33210 is designated as a “separate procedure,” and, as such, it cannot be assigned when it is performed as part of another procedure. If a temporary pacemaker is placed for monitoring of an emergency department patient until a decision concerning the appropriate treatment is made, the hospital could assign a code for the temporary pacemaker since it would be considered a separate session.