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Cardiology Coding Alert

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Understand Pacemaker Pocket Treatment

Question: The cardiologist implanted a pacemaker in a patient on Sept. 15. The patient returned to the hospital several weeks later with "oozing from the pocket." The cardiologist sent the patient to the cath lab for a hematoma evacuation. The cardiologist then made a second incision over the top of the first incision, performed a hematoma evacuation, flushed and cleaned out [...]