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Removal Jackson-Pratt Drain

Deborah h Posted Mon 23rd of February, 2015 14:16:53 PM

What would be the cpt code and diagnosis code for a removal of JP drain with exploration of craniotomy wound.

Deborah h Posted Mon 23rd of February, 2015 14:28:06 PM

This was done during post op period after craniotomy.

SuperCoder Answered Thu 26th of February, 2015 03:03:34 AM


Thanks for your question, as per NCCI chapter # 1 removal of drain and wound exploration is not separately codable during post-op period.


Deborah h Posted Thu 26th of February, 2015 09:14:42 AM

I thought that you could charge for the removal if there was complications in removing it, and the patient had to be taken to surgery. Can you code 10121-78?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 03rd of March, 2015 04:01:23 AM

Yes, if complication is clearly documented and patient had to return to the operative room, you can bill removal.


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