Vein Ablation

General Documentation Requirements for Vein Ablation and related services:

  • Doppler ultrasound;
  • Documentation stating the presence or absence of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), aneurysm, and/or tortuosity (when applicable);
  • Documented Incompetence (reflux greater than 500msec) of the valves of the Saphenous, Perforator or Deep venous systems consistent with the patient’s symptoms and findings (when applicable);
  • Photographs if the clinical documentation received is inconclusive;
  • The patient’s medical record must contain a history and physical examination supporting the diagnosis of symptomatic varicose veins (evaluation and complains), and the failure of an adequate (at least 3 months) trial of conservative management (before the initial procedure).

Coverage Criteria

Codes

Code Description
36473 Endovenous ablation therapy of incompetent vein, extremity, inclusive of all imaging guidance and monitoring, percutaneous, mechanochemical; first vein treated
36474 Endovenous ablation therapy of incompetent vein, extremity, inclusive of all imaging guidance and monitoring, percutaneous, mechanochemical; subsequent vein(s) treated in a single extremity, each through separate access sites (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)      
36475 Endovenous ablation therapy of incompetent vein, extremity, inclusive of all imaging guidance and monitoring, percutaneous, radiofrequency; first vein treated
36476 Endovenous ablation therapy of incompetent vein, extremity, inclusive of all imaging guidance and monitoring, percutaneous, radiofrequency; subsequent vein(s) treated in a single extremity, each through separate access sites (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)      
36478 Endovenous ablation therapy of incompetent vein, extremity, inclusive of all imaging guidance and monitoring, percutaneous, laser; first vein treated
36479 Endovenous ablation therapy of incompetent vein, extremity, inclusive of all imaging guidance and monitoring, percutaneous, laser; subsequent vein(s) treated in a single extremity, each through separate access sites (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)
36482 Endovenous ablation therapy of incompetent vein, extremity, by transcatheter delivery of a chemical adhesive (eg, cyanoacrylate) remote from the access site, inclusive of all imaging guidance and monitoring, percutaneous; first vein treated
36483 Endovenous ablation therapy of incompetent vein, extremity, by transcatheter delivery of a chemical adhesive (eg, cyanoacrylate) remote from the access site, inclusive of all imaging guidance and monitoring, percutaneous; subsequent vein(s) treated in a single extremity, each through separate access sites (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

 

The Prior Authorization for Certain Hospital Outpatient Department Part B Associated Codes List is in Appendix B of the CMS OPD Operational Guide.

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Last Updated Mon, 10 Jan 2022 19:54:33 +0000