Give Yourself the Gift of Better Reimbursement & Fewer Denials! Get 20% Off TCI SuperCoder ProductsUse Coupon Code: VDAY20

Ask an Expert

Answers to Compliance and Medical Coding Questions.
  1. Sonnia Posted 2 Year(s) agoRelated Topics

    The patient had a VATS wedge resection 32608 and the lymph node excision of level 9. My understanding is you need at least 3 levels (4,7 & 9) excised in order to use 38746. Is this correct? If so, then what code can I use for the lymph node excision or is it integral to the wedge resection?

  2. SuperCoder Posted 2 Year(s) ago

    Hi,

     

    Cpt code for mediastinal and regional lymphadenectomy by thoracotomy is 38476. Please clarify VATS wedge resection performed was therapeutic or diagnostic. If wedge resection was therapeutic then correct code is 32666 Thoracoscopy, surgical; with therapeutic wedge resection (eg, mass, nodule), initial unilateral or if it was performed diagnostic correct code is 32608.

About this Question

  • Posted by 106139 Sonnia, 2 Year(s) ago. There are 2 posts. The latest reply is from SuperCoder.