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Insertion arterial line for monitoring blood pressure

Linh Posted Mon 12th of December, 2016 15:30:21 PM
If patient had a blood vessel repair w/ saph vein (CPT 35236) and needed an arterial line for blood pressure monitoring via femoral artery (CPT 36620), would you code both codes separately? Provider states the arterial line was not related to the operative procedure. If cannot report 36620, can you state the reason(s) why? Thank you!
SuperCoder Answered Tue 13th of December, 2016 02:34:22 AM

Yes, you can report CPT code 35236 and 36620 together. Above docuemation indicates that arterial catheterization was performed for monitoring purpose and on different anatomical location.

CCI Edits indicates CPT code 35236 as Column II code for CPT code 36620 and gives rationale as "Misuse of column two code with column one code".

So, we would suggest you to append modifier -59 with CPT code 35236.

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