Component coding and the neurointerventionalist: a tale with an end

J Neurointerv Surg. 2013 Nov;5(6):615-9. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2012-010606. Epub 2012 Dec 19.


Component coding is the method NeuroInterventionalists have used for the past 20 years to bill procedural care. The term refers to separate billing for each discrete aspect of a surgical or interventional procedure, and has typically allowed billing the procedural activity, such as catheterization of vessels, separately from the diagnostic evaluation of radiographic images. This work is captured by supervision and interpretation codes. Benefits of component coding will be reviewed in this article. The American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee has been filtering for codes that are frequently reported together. NeuroInterventional procedures are going to be caught in this filter as our codes are often reported simultaneously as for example routinely occurs when procedural codes are coupled to those for supervision and interpretation. Unfortunately, history has shown that when bundled codes have been reviewed at the RUC, there has been a trend to lower overall RVU value for the combined service compared with the sum of the values of the separate services.

Keywords: History.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Carotid Arteries / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Angiography / economics
  • Databases, Factual
  • Documentation
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health, Reimbursement / economics*
  • Insurance, Health, Reimbursement / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Insurance, Health, Reimbursement / standards
  • Medicare
  • Neurosurgery / economics*
  • Neurosurgery / history
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Prospective Payment System
  • Radiology / economics*
  • Radiology / history
  • Radiology, Interventional / economics
  • United States