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Q-catheter placement

Amy Posted Tue 12th of November, 2019 03:24:46 AM
provider performs ORIF to ribs and placement of Q- catheter placement. can we bill Q- catheter separetely and what is the code for Q- cath placement.
SuperCoder Answered Wed 13th of November, 2019 03:30:43 AM

Hello Amy,

Thank you for your question.


Per NCCI Policy Manual, Medicare Global Surgery Rules prevent separate payment for postoperative pain management when provided by the physician performing an operative procedure.


Hence, if the Q-catheter was placed for postoperative pain management during the operative session at the surgical site, then do not report separately. It will be considered inclusive in the ORIF of Rib procedure.


Hope that helps!


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