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Question: What is the appropriate ICD-10-PCS procedure code for the Watchman LAAC device?

Answer:  02L73DK Occlusion of left atrial appendage with intraluminal device, percutaneous approach.

The Watchman left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device is used to completely close the left atrial appendage and it is inserted percutaneously through a vein in the leg up to through the right atrium.  A small hole is created through the atrial septum and it is advanced through that hole into the left atrium and finally to the left atrial appendage. It is designed to prevent left atrial appendage clots from entering the bloodstream.

Christina Benjamin, MA, RHIA, CCS
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Coding Quality Auditor
Conifer Health Solutions

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