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Old 06-09-2010, 10:38 AM
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Default G Tube replacement

What ICD 9 Codes are used when a patient pulls out the G Tube and you do the replacement? Is this considered a mechanical complication or just the V55.1 code?
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:48 AM
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I have always used the v55.1. A mechanical complication would be if the G tube itself has a problem. In this case the patient is the problem.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:45 PM
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Hey,

I think 536.42 plus V55.1.

As per mkj2486, "A mechanical complication would be if the G tube itself has a problem. In this case the patient is the problem". But even patient pull the G tube or the G tube is fell out (or as per the given info.) the G tube have complications & so replaced. Hence I coded as above.

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I found this information:

EX 3: PATIENT PRESENTS TO ED BECAUSE THEY PULLED OUT THEIR G-TUBE AND SAME TUBE IS REINSERTED IN THE ED. DX: REPLACE G-TUBE

Answer: Assign code V55.1, Attention to gastrostomy, as the principal
diagnosis. There are no complications with the gastrostomy, therefore, no
complication code is appropriate for this case.

Here is the reference: http://www.cditalk.com/content/223-G...-Complications
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when the patient pulls out the tube and it is just reinserted (not surgically)?

49450 and 43760 don't seem to fit.

This is the question I was searching for when I happened upon this thread.
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We have always used 43760 and 536.49.
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Like Melissa, we use 43760, with 536.49 when a patient pulls out their PEG, and it is manually replaced without the use of a scope.
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Just to replace the G tube is not a complication! If the reason for the encounter is just to remove and/or replace the G tube the correct code is the V55.1. A coder cannot diagnose a complication when the provider has not indicated that one exists.
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Hi, Debra. Thanks for weighing in on this. I value your opinion, and agree with you on the V55.1 Dx.

My question is the CPT, and I'm thinking by the description that it would be considered part of the E/M visit.

This was not even the specific reason for the visit, it was part of a regular home visit, and the provider just had one fraction of a sentence in the note "reinserted PEG". I'm having a hard time justifying coding the 43760 with a $400 reimbursement for what sounds like the provider just popped a tube into a port. Also, the description says "change" gastronomy tube, not reinsert the one that the patient pulled out.
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2008 CPT Assistant Answers this question.

Year: 2008

Issue: April

Pages: -11

Title: Coding Consultation: Questions and Answers

Body: Surgery: Digestive System

Question: A patient presented with a clogged gastrostomy tube. After examining the existing tube site, the physician deflated the balloon. The existing gastrostomy tube was removed. A new balloon tube was tested and inserted without the use of fluoroscopic guidance. What is the appropriate code to report for this procedure?

Answer: The appropriate code to report for this procedure is code 43760, Change of gastrostomy tube, percutaneous, without imaging or endoscopic guidance.


My question is a clogged tube a complication of the original placement? We have a scenario where the patient had one placed in an open fashion, comes to the office with a clogged catheter and the provider replaces it. If this is a complication, I cannot use modifier 78 for the office replacement (place of service 11), so does a replacement then become routine post operative care and not separately billable or is modifier 79 applicable?

Does a clogged gastrostomy tube fall into the services included in the global surgery payment as per Medicare?
All additional medical or surgical services
required of the surgeon during the post-operative
period of the surgery because of complications,
which do not require additional trips to the
operating room;
Or is it
Clearly distinct surgical procedures that occur
during the post-operative period which are not reoperations
or treatment for complications;

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