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Pulmonology Coding Alert

CPT® Coding Strategies:

Ask Yourself These 4 Questions for Successful Thoracentesis/ Pleural Drainage Claims

Watch for scenarios needing bilateral claims. Whenever your pulmonologist removes fluid from the pleural space, you need to focus on the amount of fluid removed, the use of imaging guidance during the procedure and whether or not the procedure was repeated bilaterally. Case Scenario 1: Your pulmonologist evaluates a 52-year-old established male patient with complaints of persistent cough with sputum [...]