Kerry Posted Fri 02nd of October, 2015 10:27:37 AM
The pulmonologist performed a diagnostic bronchoscopy and found a massive hemorrhage. In order to protect the healthy right lung from filling up with blood, a bronchial blocker was placed in the left lung. Can I bill for the bronchial blocker placement in addition to the bronchoscopy procedure? If so, what code should I use? I am wondering about CPT 31634, but in this case the patient did not have an air leak, but rather a hemorrhage.
SuperCoder Answered Mon 05th of October, 2015 02:53:48 AM
Thanks for your question.
There is no specific code for this scenario in the CPT manual. CPT code 31634 is the nearest for this procedure, but not exactly the same. I would like to suggest use unlisted code for this service 31899.