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Pleurx Drain

Desirae Posted Fri 09th of August, 2019 10:00:25 AM
Is there a cpt code for draining a pleurx catheter? We have a patient coming in daily to our oupatient facility with Dr's order in hand to have the pleurx catheter drained. 32554 doesn't seem to fit and I'm at a complete loss. Could you please help me. Thank you
SuperCoder Answered Mon 12th of August, 2019 08:18:21 AM
Hello Desirae Thank you for your question nbsp As per the above documentation we are assuming that the indwelling catheter was already placed into the pleura and the current visit focused on drainage in the outpatient facility nbsp The above scenario can be reported with nbsp CPT code along with...
Desirae Posted Mon 12th of August, 2019 08:23:41 AM
Yes, the indwelling catheter was already placed. The patient is only coming in to have the system drained by the nurse. Thank you
SuperCoder Answered Tue 13th of August, 2019 08:05:59 AM
Hello Desirae Thank you for the additional information nbsp This procedure was performed by the nurse in the outpatient facility and the insertion of needle or catheter was not performed because an indwelling catheter was already there in place The procedure performed at your outpatient facility was just the drainage...
Desirae Posted Wed 14th of August, 2019 11:16:00 AM
The patient is coming to the ER with outpatient orders from her specialist So the ER nurses are the ones actually performing the draining of the pluerx cathether I'm being told by our business office that a nurse cannot bill which is why I contacted you I've been unable to...

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