A: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, through the Hospital Out-Patient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule, is recommending the deletion of HCPCS Level II percutaneous transluminal angioplasty codes G0392 (AV fistula or graft arterial) and G0393 (AV fistula or graft venous) and the designation of CPT code 35475 (Repair arterial blockage) and 35476 (Repair, venous blockage) as covered surgical procedures in the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) setting for CY 2010. If approved, ASCs will be able to use CPT 35475 and 35476 to report the AV fistula or graft angioplasty procedures currently reported by G0392 and G0393.
Prior to the establishment of the G codes in 2007, a percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of an arterial AV fistula or graft was reported with 35475 for the procedure and 75962 for the imaging. When a venous AV fistula or graft angioplasty was performed it was reported with code 35476 for the procedure and 75978 for the imaging.
It will not be known until the final rule is published in early November 2009 whether these proposed changes will be made. The ACR will be posting comments on the Final Rule in November to keep its members up to date.