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Topic Originator: Joni
Post Date June 30, 2007 @ 10:42 PM
Cardiac Cath Coding

June 30, 2007 @ 10:42 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I have been certified in coding and done coding for many years but the one area of coding that I have always struggled with is coding for Cardiology procedures - specifically Caths and the associated procedures. Can anyone point me in the direction of a good source to help me understand coding these cases.

July 5, 2007 @ 8:55 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I am a brand new coder, but I was told that MedLearn is a good source for workshops on this subject and that they have a book that is really helpful, by the lady that trained me, because we do a lot of these procedures.

Carol Laseter
July 5, 2007 @ 1:54 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I've been coding cardiac cath procedures for almost 4 years for Alabama Cardiovascular Group. If you ever have a question, please feel free to email me.  Also, a good source of information is the Cardiology Coalition.  Go to the website at for information on how to join.  You get a monthly newsletter with a practice competency test for each one.  Each test is worth CEUs toward your certification renewal.

Sondra Jolly
July 5, 2007 @ 4:28 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Both MedLearn and "The Coding Group" have good resources.  I recently went to a seminar instructed by Sheldrian LeFlore (  She did a fantastic job of making Cardiac procedures simple.

July 9, 2007 @ 11:03 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

This is the best source I have found:

The doctor is absolutely a genius when it comes to coding caths and interventional radiology procedures.

February 8, 2008 @ 10:27 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

Hi there,

     Can you tell me what the following acryonym's represent?

OM 3 vessel
OM patent

Thank you in advance,


February 13, 2008 @ 8:53 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

OM stands for obtuse marginal which are in the LC(Left Circumflex)
LAD stands for Left Anterior Descending vessel(LD)
Medicare recognizes only three vessels, LC,LD,and RC.
Hope this helps. (I've been coding caths for 15 years)

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