Cardiac Catheterization Procedure Coding for ICD-10-PCS


In this course, participants will delve into the intricate world of cardiac catheterization procedures, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the clinical and technical aspects involved. This course equips coders with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate complex coding challenges within the ICD-10-PCS framework. Through a thorough exploration of cardiac catheterization techniques, associated procedures, and precise code identification, participants will be well-prepared to accurately code these critical interventions. The course covers essential topics, including diagnostic cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) with and without stents, and atherectomy or valvuloplasty during cardiac catheterization.

Included Lessons:

  • Introduction to Cardiac Catheterization
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
  • Examples of Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization and Code Assignments
  • Common Errors in Cardiac Catheterization Reporting
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) With and Without Stents
  • Coding References for PTCA
  • Common Errors in Coding of PTCA
  • Examples of Angioplasty With and Without Stent Placement and Code Assignment
  • Atherectomy or Valvuloplasty at the Time of a Cardiac Catheterization
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Key Takeaways

  • Comprehensive Knowledge: A thorough understanding of cardiac catheterization procedures, including their clinical significance and technical aspects.
  • ICD-10-PCS Proficiency: Proficiency in maneuvering challenging coding areas within the ICD-10-PCS coding system, with a focus on accurately identifying and coding cardiac catheterization procedures.
  • Procedure Insight: Insights into how cardiac catheterization is performed, the various access points, and the significance of each step in the procedure.
  • Diagnostic Accuracy: The ability to accurately identify and code diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures, differentiating between left and right heart catheterizations, and understanding the associated ICD-10-PCS codes.
  • Coronary Angiography: Knowledge of coronary angiography, including the types of contrast used, proper code assignment, and the importance of precise documentation.
  • PTCA and Stenting: Proficiency in coding percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedures, both with and without stent placement, and understanding the significance of drug-eluting and non-drug-eluting stents.
  • Atherectomy and Valvuloplasty: Understanding when and how atherectomy or valvuloplasty may be performed during cardiac catheterization, and ensuring accurate code assignment for these additional procedures.

Benefits of Taking this Course

  • Enhanced Coding Proficiency
  • Increased Expertise in Coding Cardiac Catheterization Procedures
  • Career Advancement
  • Competitive Edge
  • Improved Confidence


What is the primary purpose of cardiac catheterization?

The primary purpose of cardiac catheterization is to diagnose, rule out, or treat cardiovascular diseases. It is often used to perform coronary angiography to assess coronary artery disease (CAD) and may involve treatments such as angioplasty or stent placement.

What are the key differences between left and right diagnostic heart catheterization?
Left diagnostic heart catheterization involves accessing the left atrium, ventricle, mitral and aortic valves, the ascending left aorta, and possibly the pulmonary veins. Right diagnostic heart catheterization includes the right atrium, ventricle, tricuspid and pulmonary valves, and the main pulmonary branches. A combined diagnostic heart catheterization evaluates both the right and left heart.

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