ASDIN Coding Errata
February 27, 2013
Important Notice on Coding for Thrombolytics
The ASDIN/RPA Coding Manual for 2012 stated that the thrombectomy code 36870 included any thrombolytics that might be used during the procedure. Through recent research and investigation, it has been found that the thrombolytic agent can be separately coded and billed. The appropriate code is J2997 which is for 1 mg of alteplase. In cases in which more than 1 mg was used, the code can be used multiple times to represent the total quantity use.
This does not apply to tPA (Alteplase®) for clearance of catheter occlusions.
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