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luisa Posted Thu 20th of July, 2017 13:16:48 PM
What CPT code do you use for tracheal decannulation? We used to code 37999 but is not valid anymore.
SuperCoder Answered Fri 21st of July, 2017 02:27:53 AM


If tracheal decannulation is done in office, then it is included in E/M cpt code, not separately payable. If it is done in OR, then 31899 (Unlisted procedure, trachea, bronchi) seems to be the most appropriate code.


luisa Posted Fri 21st of July, 2017 04:47:28 AM
It is done in the OR, CPT code 31502 do you think it pertains to this procedure "tracheal decannulation "?
SuperCoder Answered Tue 25th of July, 2017 00:56:10 AM


Decannulation procedure is a process in which either the tracheal tube has come out accidentally or the physician plans to remove it when the patient does not need it anymore. On the other hand, CPT code 31502 indicates removal of old tube with insertion of new tube. If your physician has just removed the tube, then there is no specific CPT code available in which case you need to use CPT code 31899 (Unlisted procedure, trachea, bronchi). But if the physician has replaced the tube with the new one, then you may use CPT code 31502.


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