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chest tube insertion

Tiffany Posted Tue 30th of October, 2012 23:17:41 PM

Is CPT 32550 the correct code for chest tube insertion for pneumothorax?

SuperCoder Answered Thu 01st of November, 2012 00:26:50 AM

Correct 32550 is a appropriate code for this.You would use new code 32552 (Removal of indwelling tunneled pleural catheter with cuff) only if your radiologist removes a special kind of chest tube that is tunneled under the skin. If the physician removes a tunneled catheter and replaces it with a new tunneled catheter, you should bill both 32552 for the removal and 32550 (Insertion of indwelling tunneled pleural catheter with cuff) for the placement.

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