Training Plans

Cardiovascular PCS Coding


Patricia Maccariella-Hafey, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CIRCC

Beth Martilik, MA, RHIA, CDIP, CCS


This comprehensive Training Plan offers a deep dive into the intricate world of cardiovascular procedures in ICD-10-PCS coding. It equips learners with the expertise needed to accurately assign codes for a wide range of cardiac interventions, from cardiac catheterization to congenital heart defect repairs, pacemaker procedures, and more.

Training Plan offers CEUs applicable to the following credentials:




Included Courses

Through detailed explanations, visual aids like photos and videos, and discussions on relevant Official Coding Guidelines (OCG), participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, clinical aspects, and technical components of these procedures, ensuring precise code assignment. Whether deciphering complex coronary artery bifurcations or navigating intricate cardiac surgeries, this Training Plan provides the essential knowledge and skills for accurate cardiovascular coding in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape.

Key Takeaways

Medical coders who complete this comprehensive Cardiovascular ICD-10-PCS Coding Training Plan will leave with several key learning takeaways:

  • Profound Procedure Understanding: Participants will have an in-depth knowledge of various cardiovascular procedures, including cardiac catheterization, congenital heart defect repairs, pacemaker insertions, and more, enabling them to accurately interpret operative reports and assign appropriate ICD-10-PCS codes.
  • Bifurcation Expertise: Coders will learn how to identify and assign the correct qualifier codes for complex coronary artery bifurcation procedures, ensuring accurate coding in challenging cases.
  • Cardiac Anatomy Mastery: A strong grasp of cardiac anatomy and its relevance to coding cardiovascular procedures, allowing coders to make informed code selections based on anatomical considerations.
  • Congenital Heart Defect Coding Proficiency: Coders will become adept at coding for congenital heart defect repair procedures, such as the Norwood, Bidirectional Glenn, and Fontan procedures, enhancing their ability to accurately code complex congenital cases.
  • Electrophysiology and Ablation Knowledge: Coders will gain expertise in coding electrophysiological studies (EPS) and ablation procedures, facilitating accurate coding for arrhythmia-related interventions.
  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair Competence: Understanding endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms and mastering associated terminology for precise coding.
  • Heart Valve Procedures Mastery: Proficiency in coding heart valve repairs and replacements, ensuring accurate code assignment for these critical cardiac surgeries.
  • Impella Device Coding Skills: Understanding the Impella device, its insertion, and removal, and how to code for these procedures accurately.
  • Blalock-Taussig Shunt Procedure Knowledge: Knowing when and how to code for a Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure.
  • Pacemaker Procedure Expertise: Accurate coding of pacemaker generators and lead insertions, ensuring proper documentation and coding compliance.

Benefits of Taking this Training Plan

  • Improved Ability to Accurately Assign ICD-10-PCS Codes for Cardiovascular Procedures
  • Expanded Knowledge and Expertise
  • Career Advancement
  • Reduced Risk of Coding Errors
  • Comprehensive Procedure Understanding
  • Valuable Skill Set


What are the prerequisites for enrolling in the "Cardiovascular ICD-10-PCS Coding" Training Plan?

There are no specific prerequisites for this training plan. However, having a foundational understanding of medical coding and terminology can be beneficial. It is also recommended for participants to be familiar with ICD-10 coding guidelines.

What is the purpose of ICD-10-PCS coding, and why is it important for medical coders to master cardiovascular coding in this system?

ICD-10-PCS coding is used to classify and record procedures and interventions in healthcare settings. Mastering cardiovascular coding in ICD-10-PCS is crucial because it ensures accurate documentation of complex cardiac procedures, which is essential for proper billing, reimbursement, and maintaining healthcare records. Accurate coding also supports patient care by providing detailed information about procedures performed.

What are some common coding challenges in cardiovascular procedures?

Common coding challenges may include:

  • Accurately distinguishing between similar procedures with subtle differences.
  • Assigning the correct qualifier codes for bifurcation procedures.
  • Identifying and coding for complications or comorbidities related to cardiovascular procedures.
  • Understanding the anatomical nuances that impact coding, especially in congenital heart defect repairs.

About our Medical Coding Courses

HIAlearn, powered by Health Information Associates (HIA)—a leader in medical coding and auditing for more than three decades—offers a comprehensive online education platform for medical coders. With a catalog of over 200 medical coding courses accepted by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a selection approved by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), HIAlearn caters to both beginners and experienced medical coders seeking to enhance their skills. The platform provides an array of Training Plans tailored to meet individual learning needs, from mastering challenging coding procedures to understanding broad conceptual frameworks within the coding world. Courses are available across various coding types including CPT, E/M, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and are designed to cater to different coder levels and coding specialties such as inpatient, outpatient, profee, and CDI. Additionally, HIAlearn offers a Coding Updates bundle to ensure coders are up-to-date with the annual changes in ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and IPPS. Beyond individual learning, HIAlearn supports organizations with group discounts, promoting enhanced coding accuracy, efficiency, and compliance across teams. 
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