Expert Coding Advice: Dr. Z on Advanced Cardiovascular Procedures, Including Impella and Heart Assist Devices


Dr. Zielske and Sara address recent changes in CPT and ICD-10 coding for heart assist systems and Impella devices. Learn from their deep insight into coding for cardiac devices and the key changes hospitals need to be aware of to gain full reimbursement for complex procedures in the cardiac cath lab. Get the latest on just-implemented code changes as of January 1, 2018. To get paid properly, you must code exactly. We’ll tell you how.

Learning Objectives

  • How to navigate and improve technical coding skills – building awareness for coders, physicians and administrators
  • Gain tips to code more accurately to ensure full payment
  • Learn about the expanding indications for the use of Impella, including treatment of ongoing cardiogenic shock following acute MI or open heart surgery or in the setting of cardiomyopathy, including peripartum cardiomyopathy, or myocarditis
  • Improve specificity in documenting and coding for medical necessity, and thus reduce inquiries and speed up payments
  • Benefit from real-life case examples for coding in left main coronary stent placement, acute MI and conscious sedation
  • Get the new codes for access from a variety of approaches, including femoral, axillary, iliac, brachial and subclavian
  • Seek answers to questions regarding device insertions and removals and appropriate approach values—as well as vessel repairs
  • How to be sure your physicians are including proper documentation and criteria critical to getting paid
  • Gain insight into the importance of coding changes in short-term use and replacement of external heart assist systems
  • Take a deep dive into documenting for MI, complications and CHF

Target Audience

  • Chiefs of Cardiology
  • Cardiologists and Interventional Cardiologists
  • Cardiology Service Line Directors
  • Cardiovascular Administrators
  • Hospital and Health System Administrators
  • Professional Coders
  • Certified Inpatient Coders
  • Medical Coding Specialists

Featuring ZHealth Publishing:

David Zielske, MD
Founder and CEO
Sara Wolf

Executive Director