You may bill CPT 92960 if a provider uses an external defibrillator to restore an arrhythmia patient’s heart rhythm.
1. What Is CPT Code 92960?
CPT 92960 covers a procedure in which a provider restores an arrhythmia patient’s heart rhythm with an electric shock from an external defibrillator.
The CPT book describes CPT code 92960 as: “Cardioversion, elective, electrical conversion of arrhythmia; external.”
The 92960 CPT code procedure begins with the provider laying the patient supine position after being anesthetized and prepped.
Then, the provider attaches cardioversion pads to the back and chest of the patient and notes the baseline cardiac output rates.
The output of the baseline cardiac pads illustrates abnormalities in the patient’s heart rate. Next, the provider analyses the output and decides on the intensity of the electrical shock.
The pads are then connected to an external defibrillator to monitor the patient’s heart rhythm and to deliver the electrical shock. The shock normalizes the heart rate and rhythm.
TIP: You can find all the cardioversion CPT codes here.
4. Billing Guidelines
Do not use CPT 92960 if the provider performs internal cardioversion using drugs; use CPT 92961 instead.