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Coding help for ERCP stent-removal

Melanie Posted Mon 08th of March, 2010 13:40:11 PM

Maybe its just me - or the caffeine hasnt hit me yet (its Monday, anything goes!) - Im trying to find the CPT code that indicates a ERCP-related stent that is being removed....

Any takers? (TIA)

SuperCoder Answered Mon 08th of March, 2010 14:07:41 PM

You can go with the code 43269 if removed through an ERCP. The code covers stent removal because this is also considered as a foreign body.

Melanie Posted Mon 08th of March, 2010 14:32:43 PM

fantastic!!! Thank you so much!

Melanie Posted Mon 08th of March, 2010 14:40:14 PM

OHHH.. something just crossed my mind - wouldnt v53.90 be needed?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 08th of March, 2010 16:47:59 PM

Yes, that's one Dx code. You can also add another Dx if the reason for (diagnostic condition) stent removal is also mentioned in the document [like stent infection, inflammation of internal tissue etc.]

SuperCoder Answered Mon 08th of March, 2010 16:50:50 PM

Sorry, V53.59 looks better in this scenario. Stent via ERCP procedure is usually a gastrointestinal device. Better to go with this one, instead of the unspecified code.

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