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.