CPT Coding for Vascular Interventional Radiology (VIR) Procedures


Catheters, Imaging, and Interventions… Oh My!
Mastering Vascular Interventional Radiology CPT Coding

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This two day in-person training course provides a detailed overview of CPT coding for peripheral vascular interventional radiology (VIR) procedures.

This training begins with an overview of VIR including the radiological and surgical components along with a thorough explanation of reimbursement methodology. Learners receive a set of laminated vascular anatomy cards to assist in proper vessel ordering.

The training experience has been designed with a focus on creating a fun, interactive learning environment to ensure optimal retention while learning a difficult topic. Memorable activities improve comprehension and retention as learners delve into the complex clinical world of VIR coding.

The learning experience is completed with hands-on coding of real-life case studies.

Who should attend?
• Facility Outpatient Coders
• Professional Fee Coders
• Charge Auditors
• Charge Description Master Analysts
• Interventional Radiology Technologists
• Hospital Billing Professionals

Instructor: Kristi Pollard – RHIT, CCS, CPC, CIRCC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Kristi is a Senior Consultant with more than 20 years of industry experience; she is responsible for the development of web-based and instructor-led training material, conducting training in ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT, and performing DRG and APC audits. Kristi has an extensive background in coding education and consulting and is a national speaker on topics related to ICD-10 and CPT coding as well as code-based reimbursement. She has designed and developed training programs for inpatient and outpatient hospital-based coding including vascular interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, orthopedics, and obstetrics.


  • Dates: Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 2017
  • Time: 8:30am-4:30pm MT
  • Location: 1873 S Bellaire, Denver, Colorado 80222 ~ Centerra Building, First Floor-Conference Room A
  • Materials provided:
    • VIR Training Manual: over 200 pages of content, illustrations and coding exercises. Formatted to allow room for your notes right along with the content on each page.
    • VIR Flip Bits: 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.
  • Materials to bring: CPT book
  • Hydration & Nutrition: Coffee, water, lunch, and snacks provided.
  • Canceling: Review our terms of use for full details on cancellations and refunds.
  • Contacting us: 720-476-6301 or email webinar@thehaugengroup.com.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the basic concept of the outpatient prospective payment system
  • Differentiate between selective and nonselective catheterization for the vascular system
  • Differentiate between selective catheterization and selective imaging
  • Distinguish between VIR procedures that have individual components and those that have bundled codes
  • Identify circumstances in which a diagnostic procedure may be coded in addition to a therapeutic interventional radiology procedure
  • Identify procedures that are on CMS’ inpatient-only list for OPPS
  • Distinguish between coding for revascularization procedures on different parts of the arterial and venous system
  • Apply appropriate CPT codes and modifiers to case studies

CE Credits

This program has been approved for 14 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 14 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

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