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Edwards Lifesciences is committed to supporting our customers with reimbursement resources to assist with coverage, coding, and reimbursement for our products. We have several tools below which may assist you in determining the appropriate code(s) to utilize when billing for products and procedures as well as the nationally averaged reimbursement amounts.

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HCPCS C code finder

The Health Care Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) C Code Finder allows you to find the appropriate HCPCS C Code, if applicable, for a specific Edwards product. C codes are used in conjunction with the Medicare prospective payment system for outpatient hospital procedures only. C codes do not apply to inpatient surgical procedures, but should be added to the hospital’s chargemaster to report device costs used in the outpatient setting. Medicare created C codes to track device cost information for future APC rate-setting purposes.

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Facility and physician billing guides

These billing guides are intended to provide information to clinicians regarding appropriate coding, coverage, and payment for procedures performed with the Edwards Lifesciences products. These guides contain information regarding most commonly billed CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding, as well as typical DRG payments for procedures related to our products.

THV replacement technologies

2019 facility and physician billing guide

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Facilities and Physicians use Current Procedural Terminology (CPT1) codes to bill for procedures and services. Each CPT code is assigned unique relative value units (RVUs), which are used to determine payment by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). All the CPT codes used to bill for TAVR procedures are listed below.

CPT Code1,2Description2019 National Avg. Physician Payment (Final Jan-Dec)Each Physician Payment (Modifier-62)*2019 Facility RVUs
33361 Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; percutaneous femoral artery approach $1,423 $889 39.48
33362 Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; open femoral artery approach $1,553 $971 43.10
33363 Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; open axillary artery approach $1,609 $1,006 44.64
33364 Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; open iliac artery approach $1,663 $1,039 46.14
33365 Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; transaortic approach (e.g., median sternotomy, mediastinotomy) $1,868 $1,168 51.83
33366 Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; transapical exposure (e.g., left thoracotomy) $2,019 $1,262 56.03
Add-on Codes
33367+ Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; cardiopulmonary bypass support with percutaneous peripheral arterial and venous cannulation (e.g., femoral vessels) (list separately in addition to code for primary procedure) $659 NA 18.29
33368+ Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; cardiopulmonary bypass support with open peripheral arterial and venous cannulation (e.g., femoral, iliac, axillary vessels) (list separately in addition to code for primary procedure) $783 NA 21.72
33369+ Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI) with prosthetic valve; cardiopulmonary bypass support with central arterial and venous cannulation (e.g., aorta, right atrium, pulmonary artery) (list separately in addition to code for primary procedure) $1,033 NA 28.67
Note: *As per the CMS’s NCD for TAVR, TAVR is a two-physician (IC & CS) procedure. Medicare payment for each physician is 62.5% of the established national average payment 8. +33367,33368 and 33369 are add-on codes which does not require modifier 62 hence each physician payment of 62.5% does not apply.
Note: Medicare will only pay TAVR physician claims with these CPT codes when billed with the Place of Service (POS) code 21 (Inpatient Hospital), modifier 62 (two surgeons/ co-surgeons), modifier Q0 (zero) signifying CED participation (qualifying registry or qualified clinical study) and ICD-10 secondary diagnosis code Z00.6 (Encounter for examination for normal comparison and control in clinical research program) Medicare requires reporting of the Clinical Trial (CT) number on the claim form. For example, the CT number for the TVT Registry is CT01737528 and the PARTNER II Trial is CT01314313. Medicare may return other claims as unprocessable. * Codes 33361-33369 have a 0 day global period; Codes 33361, 33362, 33363, 33364, 33365, 33366, 33367, 33368 and 33369 do not include cardiac catheterization [93451-93572] when performed at the time of the procedure for diagnostic purposes prior to aortic valve replacement. Codes 33361, 33362, 33363, 33364, 33365, 33366, 33367, 33368 and 33369 include all other catheterization[s], temporary pacing, intraprocedural contrast injection[s], fluoroscopic radiological supervision and interpretation, and imaging guidance, which are not reported separately when performed to complete the aortic valve procedure.
Additional Notes1

33361-33369 Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Includes:
  • Access and Implantation of the aortic valve (33361-33366)
  • Access sheath placement
  • Advancement of valve delivery system
  • Arteriotomy closure
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty
  • Cardiac or open arterial approach
  • Deployment of valve
  • Percutaneous access
  • Temporary pacemaker
  • Valve repositioning when necessary
  • Radiology procedures:
    • Angiography during and after procedure
    • Assessment of access site for closure
    • Documentation of completion of the intervention
    • Guidances for valve placement
    • Supervision and interpretation
Excludes:
  • Percutaneous coronary interventional procedures
  • Transvascular ventricular support (33967, 33970, 33973, 33975-33976, 33990-33993, 33999)
  • Code also add-on codes for cardiopulmonary bypass, when appropriate (33367-33369)
  • Code also cardiac catheterization services for purposes other than TAVR/TAVI
  • Code also diagnostic coronary angiography at a different session from the interventional procedure
  • Code also diagnostic coronary angiography at the same time as TAVR/TAVI when:
    • A previous study is available, but documentation states the patient’s condition has changed since the previous study, visualization of the anatomy/pathology is inadequate, or a change occurs during the procedure warranting additional evaluation of an area outside the current target area
    • No previous catheter-based coronary angiography study is available, and a full diagnostic study is performed, with the decision to perform the intervention based on that study
  • Code also modifier 59 when diagnostic coronary angiography procedures are performed as separate and distinct procedural services on the same day or session as TAVR/TAVI
  • Code also modifier 62 as well as al TAVI/TAVR procedures require the work of two physicians
  • Do not report separately when included in the TAVR/TAVI service (93452-93453, 93458-93461, 933567)

Medicare inpatient hospital reimbursement is based upon the Medicare Severity Diagnostic-Related Group (MS-DRG) classification system, which assigns MS-DRGs based on ICD-9-CM diagnosis and procedure codes. The following codes generally describe diagnosis and procedures associated with the use of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve.

ICD-9-CM3 Diagnosis CodeDescription
424.1 Aortic valve disorders
ICD-10-CM9 Code (effective Oct. 1st, 2015)Description
I35.0 Nonrheumatic aortic (valve) stenosis
ICD-9-CM3 Procedure CodesDescription
35.05 Endovascular replacement of aortic valve
35.06 Transapical replacement of aortic valve
ICD-10-CM9 Code (effective Oct. 1st, 2015)Description
02RF38Z Replacement of Aortic Valve with Zooplastic Tissue, Percutaneous Approach
02RF38H Replacement of Aortic Valve with Zooplastic Tissue, Transapical, Percutaneous Approach

Pursuant to the final rule for the FY 2015 hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), CMS created new MS-DRGs for endovascular cardiac valve replacements, effective October 1, 2014.

MS-DRG5DescriptionFY 2019 Relative WeightFY 2019 National Average Payment7FY 2019 Geometric Mean-LOS
266 Endovascular Cardiac Valve Replacement with MCC 7.1915 $43,908 4.0
267 Endovascular Cardiac Valve Replacement without MCC 5.8481 $35,706 2.3

Note: Medicare will only pay TAVR facility claims with these ICD-10-CM codes when billed with the ICD-10 secondary diagnosis code Z00.6 (Encounter for examination for normal comparison and control in clinical research program) and condition code 30 (qualifying clinical trial). Medicare will return all other claims as unprocessable.

Principal diagnosis for valve-in-valve with the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve

Depending on the circumstances, there are several ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes that could be used as the principal diagnosis when the encounter is specifically for performing a valve-in-valve procedure at a different operative encounter from the prior valve placement. From a coding perspective, the options are following.

ScenarioICD-10 Diagnosis CodeICD-10 Code Description
If the previously placed valve was malpositioned or became displaced T82.222A Displacement of biological heart valve graft, initial encounter
If the previously placed valve developed stenosis prematurely T82.857A Stenosis of cardiac prosthetic devices, implants and grafts, initial encounter
If the previously placed valve developed regurgitation prematurely T82.223A Leakage of biological heart valve graft, initial encounter
If the previously placed valve developed stenosis or regurgitation as an expected occurrence as it degenerates toward valve end-of-life Z45.09 Encounter for adjustment and management of other cardiac device

Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve with the Edwards Commander and Certitude Delivery Systems

Indications: The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for relief of aortic stenosis in patients with symptomatic heart disease due to severe native calcific aortic stenosis who are judged by a Heart Team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at intermediate or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 3% at 30 days, based on The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk score and other clinical comorbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator); and are also indicated for patients with symptomatic heart disease due to failure (stenosed, insufficient, or combined) of a surgical bioprosthetic aortic or mitral valve who are judged by a Heart Team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at high or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 8% at 30 days, based on the STS risk score and other clinical comorbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

Contraindications: The valve and delivery systems are contraindicated in patients who cannot tolerate an anticoagulation/antiplatelet regimen or who have active bacterial endocarditis or other active infections.

Warnings: Observation of the pacing lead throughout the procedure is essential to avoid the potential risk of pacing lead perforation. There may be an increased risk of stroke in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures, as compared to balloon aortic valvuloplasty or other standard treatments in high or greater risk patients. Incorrect sizing of the valve may lead to paravalvular leak, migration, embolization, residual gradient (patient-prosthesis mismatch), and/or annular rupture. Accelerated deterioration of the valve may occur in patients with an altered calcium metabolism. Prior to delivery, the valve must remain hydrated at all times and cannot be exposed to solutions other than its shipping storage solution and sterile physiologic rinsing solution. Valve leaflets mishandled or damaged during any part of the procedure will require replacement of the valve. Caution should be exercised in implanting a valve in patients with clinically significant coronary artery disease. Patients with pre-existing bioprostheses should be carefully assessed prior to implantation of the valve to ensure proper valve positioning and deployment. Do not use the valve if the tamper-evident seal is broken, the storage solution does not completely cover the valve, the temperature indicator has been activated, the valve is damaged, or the expiration date has elapsed. Do not mishandle the delivery system or use it if the packaging or any components are not sterile, have been opened or are damaged (e.g., kinked or stretched), or if the expiration date has elapsed. Use of excessive contrast media may lead to renal failure. Measure the patient’s creatinine level prior to the procedure. Contrast media usage should be monitored. Patient injury could occur if the delivery system is not un-flexed prior to removal. Care should be exercised in patients with hypersensitivities to cobalt, nickel, chromium, molybdenum, titanium, manganese, silicon, and/or polymeric materials. The procedure should be conducted under fluoroscopic guidance. Some fluoroscopically guided procedures are associated with a risk of radiation injury to the skin. These injuries may be painful, disfiguring, and long-lasting. Valve recipients should be maintained on anticoagulant/antiplatelet therapy, except when contraindicated, as determined by their physician. This device has not been tested for use without anticoagulation. Do not add or apply antibiotics to the storage solution, rinse solution, or to the valve. Balloon valvuloplasty should be avoided in the treatment of failing bioprostheses as this may result in embolization of bioprosthesis material and mechanical disruption of the valve leaflets.

Precautions: Safety, effectiveness, and durability have not been established for THV-in-THV procedures. Long-term durability has not been established for the valve. Regular medical follow-up is advised to evaluate valve performance. Glutaraldehyde may cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. Avoid prolonged or repeated exposure to, or breathing of, the solution. Use only with adequate ventilation. If skin contact occurs, immediately flush the affected area with water; in the event of contact with eyes, seek immediate medical attention. For more information about glutaraldehyde exposure, refer to the Safety Data Sheet available from Edwards Lifesciences. To maintain proper valve leaflet coaptation, do not overinflate the deployment balloon. Appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended post-procedure in patients at risk for prosthetic valve infection and endocarditis. Additional precautions for transseptal replacement of a failed mitral valve bioprosthesis include the presence of devices or thrombus or other abnormalities in the caval vein precluding safe transvenous femoral access for transseptal approach and the presence of an Atrial Septal Occluder Device or calcium preventing safe transseptal access. Special care must be exercised in mitral valve replacement if chordal preservation techniques were used in the primary implantation to avoid entrapment of the subvalvular apparatus. Safety and effectiveness have not been established for patients with the following characteristics/comorbidities: noncalcified aortic annulus; severe ventricular dysfunction with ejection fraction < 20%; congenital unicuspid or congenital bicuspid aortic valve; mixed aortic valve disease (aortic stenosis and aortic regurgitation with predominant aortic regurgitation > 3+); pre-existing prosthetic ring in any position; severe mitral annular calcification (MAC); severe (> 3+) mitral insufficiency, or Gorlin syndrome; blood dyscrasias defined as leukopenia (WBC < 3000 cells/mL), acute anemia (Hb < 9 g/dL), thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 50,000 cells/mL), or history of bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy; hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with or without obstruction (HOCM); echocardiographic evidence of intracardiac mass, thrombus, or vegetation; a known hypersensitivity or contraindication to aspirin, heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), or clopidogrel (Plavix), or sensitivity to contrast media, which cannot be adequately premedicated; significant aortic disease, including abdominal aortic or thoracic aneurysm defined as maximal luminal diameter 5 cm or greater, marked tortuosity (hyperacute bend), aortic arch atheroma (especially if thick [> 5 mm], protruding, or ulcerated) or narrowing (especially with calcification and surface irregularities) of the abdominal or thoracic aorta, severe “unfolding” and tortuosity of the thoracic aorta; access characteristics that would preclude safe placement of 14F or 16F Edwards eSheath introducer set, such as severe obstructive calcification, severe tortuosity, or diameter less than 5.5 mm or 6 mm, respectively; excessive calcification at access site; bulky calcified aortic valve leaflets in close proximity to coronary ostia; a concomitant paravalvular leak where the failing bioprosthesis is not securely fixed in the native annulus or is not structurally intact (e.g., wireform frame fracture); or a partially detached leaflet of the failing bioprosthesis that, in the aortic position, may obstruct a coronary ostium. Residual mean gradient may be higher in a THV-in-failing bioprosthesis configuration than that observed following implantation of the valve inside a native aortic annulus using the same size device. Patients with elevated mean gradient post-procedure should be carefully followed. It is important that the manufacturer, model, and size of the pre-existing bioprosthetic valve be determined so that the appropriate valve can be implanted and a prosthesis-patient mismatch is avoided. Additionally, pre-procedure imaging modalities must be employed to make as accurate a determination of the inner diameter as possible.

Potential Adverse Events: Potential risks associated with the overall procedure, including potential access complications associated with standard cardiac catheterization, balloon valvuloplasty, the potential risks of conscious sedation and/or general anesthesia, and the use of angiography: death; stroke/transient ischemic attack, clusters, or neurological deficit; paralysis; permanent disability; respiratory insufficiency or respiratory failure; hemorrhage requiring transfusion or intervention; cardiovascular injury including perforation or dissection of vessels, ventricle, atrium, septum, myocardium, or valvular structures that may require intervention; pericardial effusion or cardiac tamponade; embolization including air, calcific valve material, or thrombus; infection including septicemia and endocarditis; heart failure; myocardial infarction; renal insufficiency or renal failure; conduction system defect which may require a permanent pacemaker; arrhythmia; retroperitoneal bleed; arteriovenous (AV) fistula or pseudoaneurysm; reoperation; ischemia or nerve injury; restenosis; pulmonary edema; pleural effusion; bleeding; anemia; abnormal lab values including electrolyte imbalance; hypertension or hypotension; allergic reaction to anesthesia, contrast media, or device materials; hematoma; syncope; pain or changes at the access site; exercise intolerance or weakness; inflammation; angina; heart murmur; and fever. Additional potential risks associated with the use of the valve, delivery system, and/or accessories include: cardiac arrest; cardiogenic shock; emergency cardiac surgery; cardiac failure or low cardiac output; coronary flow obstruction/transvalvular flow disturbance; device thrombosis requiring intervention; valve thrombosis; device embolization; device migration or malposition requiring intervention; left ventricular outflow tract obstruction; valve deployment in unintended location; valve stenosis; structural valve deterioration (wear, fracture, calcification, leaflet tear/tearing from the stent posts, leaflet retraction, suture line disruption of components of a prosthetic valve, thickening, stenosis); device degeneration; paravalvular or transvalvular leak; valve regurgitation; hemolysis; injury to the mitral valve; device explants; mediastinitis; mediastinal bleeding; nonstructural dysfunction; mechanical failure of delivery system and/or accessories; and nonemergent reoperation.

Edwards Crimper

Indications: The Edwards Crimper is indicated for use in preparing the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve for implantation.

Contraindications: There are no known contraindications.

Warnings: The devices are designed, intended, and distributed for single use only. Do not resterilize or reuse the devices. There are no data to support the sterility, nonpyrogenicity, and functionality of the devices after reprocessing.

Precautions: For special considerations associated with the use of the Edwards Crimper prior to valve implantation, refer to the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve Instructions for Use.

Potential Adverse Events: There are no known potential adverse events associated with the Edwards Crimper.

Reimbursement hotline: (303) 524-3854 or edwards@rpihotline.com

Disclaimer

Reimbursement information provided by Edwards Lifesciences is gathered from third-party sources and is presented for informational purposes only. Edwards makes no representation, warranty or guarantee as to the timeliness, accuracy or completeness of the information and such information is not, and should not be construed as reimbursement, coding or legal advice. Any and all references to reimbursement codes are provided as examples only and are not intended to be a recommendation or advice as to the appropriate code for the a particular patient, diagnosis, product or procedure or a guarantee or promise of coverage or payment, nor does Edwards Lifesciences warranty that codes listed are appropriate in all related clinical scenarios. It is the responsibility of the provider to determine if coverage exists and what requirements are necessary for submitting a proper claim for reimbursement to a health plan or payer, including the appropriate code(s) for products provided or services rendered. Laws, regulations, and payer policies concerning reimbursement are complex and change frequently; service providers are responsible for all decisions relating to coding and reimbursement submissions. Medicare’s Correct Coding Initiative and commercial payer policies are reviewed and updated several times each year. Accordingly, Edwards strongly recommends consultation with payers, reimbursement specialists and/or legal counsel regarding appropriate product or procedure codes, coverage, and reimbursement matters.

References
  1. Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) copyright 2014, American Medical Association (AMA). All rights reserved. CPT is a registered trademark of the AMA. Fee schedules, relative value units, conversion factors and/or related components are not assigned by the AMA, are not part of CPT and the AMA is not recommending their use. The AMA does not directly or indirectly practice medicine or dispense medical services. The AMA assumes no liability for data contained or not contained herein. Applicable FARS/DFARS restrictions apply to government use.
  2. Not all codes provided are applicable for the clinical scenarios in which Edwards Lifesciences’ Transcatheter Heart Valve technologies are used. The provider is responsible for selecting the most appropriate code(s) for the patient’s clinical presentation. When diagnostic services are performed, it may be appropriate to add applicable codes according to the service provided following the correct coding guidelines. Services that are considered a component of another procedure may not always be coded and billed separately.
  3. International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification 6th Edition, 2015 ICD-9-CM for hospitals, volume 1, 2, & 3.
  4. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Updates and Revisions to ICD-9-CM Procedure Codes (Addendum). FY 2012 Medicare Addendum, ICD-9-CM Volume 3, Procedures. 26 October 2011. http://www.cms.gov/icd9providerdiagnosticcodes/04_addendum.asp and http://www.cms.gov/ICD9ProviderDiagnosticCodes/Downloads/FY2012_Addenda.pdf. CMS MLN Matters MM7897, National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Revised 25 September, 2012 http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM7897.pdf CMS MLN Matters MM8255, NCD for TAVR- Implementation of Mandatory Reporting of Clinical Trial Number. Revised July, 2013 http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM8255.pdf
  5. DRG Expert: A Comprehensive Guidebook to the DRG Classification System, 31st Edition, 2015.
  6. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Physician Fee Schedule Relative Value Files http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/Physicia FeeSched/PFS-Relative-Value-Files.html. Accessed 10-31-2015
  7. CMS IPPS FY2016 Final Rule The FY2016 Final Average standardized amount is $5904.74
  8. Medicare Access and CHIP Authorization Act of 2015- Public Law 114-10-APR. 16,2015.
  9. International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification 2015 ICD-10-CM for hospitals, volume 1, 2, & 3.
Surgical Structural Heart Technologies

Facility and physician screening guide and facility patient coding guide

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2020 facility and physician billing guide

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Reimbursement hotline: (303) 524-3854 or edwards@rpihotline.com

Disclaimer

Reimbursement information provided by Edwards Lifesciences is gathered from third-party sources and is presented for informational purposes only. Edwards makes no representation, warranty or guarantee as to the timeliness, accuracy or completeness of the information and such information is not, and should not be construed as reimbursement, coding or legal advice. Any and all references to reimbursement codes are provided as examples only and are not intended to be a recommendation or advice as to the appropriate code for a particular patient, diagnosis, product or procedure or a guarantee or promise of coverage or payment, nor does Edwards Lifesciences warranty that codes listed are appropriate in all related clinical scenarios. It is the responsibility of the provider to determine if coverage exists and what requirements are necessary for submitting a proper claim for reimbursement to a health plan or payer, including the appropriate code(s) for products provided or services rendered. Laws, regulations, and payer policies concerning reimbursement are complex and change frequently; service providers are responsible for all decisions relating to coding and reimbursement submissions. Medicare’s Correct Coding Initiative and commercial payer policies are reviewed and updated several times each year. Accordingly, Edwards strongly recommends consultation with payers, reimbursement specialists and/or legal counsel regarding appropriate product or procedure codes, coverage, and reimbursement matters.

Critical care technologies

Reimbursement hotline: (303) 524-3854 or edwards@rpihotline.com

Disclaimer

Reimbursement information provided by Edwards Lifesciences is gathered from third-party sources and is presented for informational purposes only. Edwards makes no representation, warranty or guarantee as to the timeliness, accuracy or completeness of the information and such information is not, and should not be construed as reimbursement, coding or legal advice. Any and all references to reimbursement codes are provided as examples only and are not intended to be a recommendation or advice as to the appropriate code for the a particular patient, diagnosis, product or procedure or a guarantee or promise of coverage or payment, nor does Edwards Lifesciences warranty that codes listed are appropriate in all related clinical scenarios. It is the responsibility of the provider to determine if coverage exists and what requirements are necessary for submitting a proper claim for reimbursement to a health plan or payer, including the appropriate code(s) for products provided or services rendered. Laws, regulations, and payer policies concerning reimbursement are complex and change frequently; service providers are responsible for all decisions relating to coding and reimbursement submissions. Medicare’s Correct Coding Initiative and commercial payer policies are reviewed and updated several times each year. Accordingly, Edwards strongly recommends consultation with payers, reimbursement specialists and/or legal counsel regarding appropriate product or procedure codes, coverage, and reimbursement matters.

Vascular technologies

Reimbursement hotline: (303) 524-3854 or edwards@rpihotline.com

Disclaimer

Reimbursement information provided by Edwards Lifesciences is gathered from third-party sources and is presented for informational purposes only. Edwards makes no representation, warranty or guarantee as to the timeliness, accuracy or completeness of the information and such information is not, and should not be construed as reimbursement, coding or legal advice. Any and all references to reimbursement codes are provided as examples only and are not intended to be a recommendation or advice as to the appropriate code for the a particular patient, diagnosis, product or procedure or a guarantee or promise of coverage or payment, nor does Edwards Lifesciences warranty that codes listed are appropriate in all related clinical scenarios. It is the responsibility of the provider to determine if coverage exists and what requirements are necessary for submitting a proper claim for reimbursement to a health plan or payer, including the appropriate code(s) for products provided or services rendered. Laws, regulations, and payer policies concerning reimbursement are complex and change frequently; service providers are responsible for all decisions relating to coding and reimbursement submissions. Medicare’s Correct Coding Initiative and commercial payer policies are reviewed and updated several times each year. Accordingly, Edwards strongly recommends consultation with payers, reimbursement specialists and/or legal counsel regarding appropriate product or procedure codes, coverage, and reimbursement matters.

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