CQW Panacea-re-brand-rev3

For the Week of August 31, 2015

Question:

How many times can the following codes be reported during a single encounter?

92978 Intravascular ultrasound (coronary vessel or graft) during diagnostic evaluation and/or therapeutic intervention including imaging supervision, interpretation and report; initial vessel (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)
92979 Intravascular ultrasound (coronary vessel or graft) during diagnostic evaluation and/or therapeutic intervention including imaging supervision, interpretation and report; each additional vessel (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

Answer:

Code 92978 may be reported once per encounter, as per the CPT descriptor, for the first major coronary artery studied (including its branches). Code 92979 may be reported up to four times (although very rare) if intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) was performed in the additional four major coronary arteries.

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