Coding Vascular Interventional Radiology Series



Description: Haugen Academy is proud to present a seven-part course in CPT Coding for vascular interventional radiology (VIR) procedures. Arguably one of the most difficult areas of coding, this series provides instruction on this tricky topic from diagnostic to therapeutic procedures on all parts of the vascular system. The first six parts of this course include information every VIR coding professional should know about coding for this complex service. The optional part 7 covers stent grafts for aneurysm repairs, which are inpatient-only procedures per Medicare. Each course concludes with the Code Red Ultimate Coder Challenge, a hands-on coding experience designed to solidify the teaching objectives.

Target Audience:
• Hospital coders responsible for coding and/or charging for peripheral VIR procedures
• PRO FEE coders for interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons or radiologists who assist in peripheral VIR procedures
• Hospital staff responsible for charging and “hard coding” of peripheral VIR procedures
• Billing staff and charge master analysts who work with peripheral VIR departments

The Details:

• VIR Flip Bits included with purchase: colorful 21 page laminated and bound booklet contains detailed vascular anatomy images, color-coded to identify critical elements such as Selective vs. Nonselective and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd order vessels at a glance.

Course Access: Courses are accessed at Haugen Academy. You will receive an e-mail from Haugen Academy within 30 minutes after purchase with an introduction to Haugen Academy and your log-in credentials. If you don’t see an e-mail, check your Junk mailbox and if indicated, set-up emails from as safe sender. If you do not receive an email from Haugen Academy, please contact us at 720-476-6301 or
Subscription: Upon purchase, you will have a 6-month subscription to this module. This will allow you the opportunity to complete and review as often as you like for 6 months.
Canceling: Review our terms of use for full details on cancellations and refunds.
Contacting us: 720-476-6301 or email

Learning Objectives

• Recognize official resources for vascular interventional radiology coding
• Utilize vascular anatomical charts to identify vessel ordering
• Differentiate between selective and nonselective catheterization and imaging
• Assign codes for diagnostic and therapeutic interventional radiology procedures performed on the arteries, veins, pulmonary arteries, portal vein, and dialysis circuit
• Identify procedures that require coding the surgical and radiology components separately
• Determine when to code a diagnostic study separately from a therapeutic intervention
• Apply the concept of progressive hierarchies to certain procedures
• Identify various types of central venous catheter procedures

This seven-part series includes the following courses:

Part 1: Overview of VIR and Arterial Diagnostic Studies

  • Introduction to VIR
  • Diagnostic studies on the cervicocerebral arteries
  • Diagnostic studies on the upper extremity arteries
  • Diagnostic studies on the thoracic aorta and intercostals

Part 2: Arterial Diagnostic Studies

  • Diagnostic studies on the abdominal aorta and visceral arteries
  • Diagnostic studies on the pelvic arteries
  • Diagnostic studies on the lower extremity arteries

Part 3: Arterial Revascularization

  • Overview of revascularization procedures and cervicocerebral artery revascularization
  • Lower extremity artery revascularization
  • Other revascularization procedures

Part 4: Venous VIR Procedures

  • Venous diagnostic studies and vascular interventions
  • Interventions on arteriovenous shunts and arterial bypass grafts

Part 5: Venous and Arterial Secondary Interventions

  • Thrombectomy, thrombolysis, and drug infusion
  • Embolization

Part 6: Pulmonary Artery and Portal Vein Procedures and Central Venous Catheterization

  • Pulmonary artery and portal vein procedures
  • Central venous catheterizations

Part 7: Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) (optional: recommended for physician coders and facility coders/charge posters responsible for CPT coding/charge posting for inpatient procedures)

  • Abdominal aorta and iliac artery endovascular aneurysm repair
  • Thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair and fenestrated grafts

Technical Requirements

Recommended operating systems:
Window 7 or higher
Mac OS 10.7 or higher

Supported Browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or greater
Google Chrome 2.0 or greater
Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or greater
Apple Safari 2.0 or greater

DSL or better
Recommended internet connection speed 500 or higher kbps

Additional Software:
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Flash Player
Current version of Java

Sound: Courses are fully narrated, so you’ll want speakers, earbuds, or a headset

Printer: Only needed if you’d like to print your certificate of completion

CE Credits

This program has been approved for 10 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continued education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

This program has the prior approval of the American Academy for Professional Coders (AAPC) for 10 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

AAPC Specialty CEUs: CPC®, CPC-P®, COC™


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