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thoracentesis

Annie Posted Mon 23rd of June, 2014 18:16:25 PM

Provider did a diagnostic and therapeutic thoracentesis would i code this as 32554

SuperCoder Answered Tue 24th of June, 2014 05:40:21 AM

Yes. As per CPT guidelines, surgical thoracoscopy always includes diagnostic thoracoscopy. Use code 32554 only when imaging guidance is not used for performing the procedure; with imaging guidance, report code 32555.

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