Who Wants To Be An Interventional Radiology Coder?
Interventional radiology (IR) is notorious for being one of the most complex specialties to code for several reasons. Vascular interventional radiology procedures often require multiple CPT® codes to accurately report the procedure performed and the coding rules associated with IR procedures can be complex and are quite varied from procedure to procedure. IR coding also requires extensive knowledge of the vascular system. Types of Procedures Interventional radiologists are known for performing procedures under radiological guidance. These procedures are mostly minimally invasive procedures performed for either diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Procedures performed by interventional radiologists include: diagnostic angiography/venography, angioplasty, stent, atherectomy,