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Old 10-21-2010, 09:26 AM
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Default Percutaneous Trachostomy

I’m getting conflicting views on this service.



Percutaneous Tracheostomy



I’m reading that this cannot be coded with CPT 31600 because it’s not a traditional Tracheostomy, and to use CPT 31600 and 31622 w/mod 52 or CPT 31899 (unlisted).

Per this article: http://www.supercoder.com/articles/a...-tracheostomy/


But than I read in Coding for Chest Medicine (Pulmonary Critical Care Sleep) book that this service is to be coded with CPT 31600 and CPT 31622 w/mod 59.



Which one is everyone else selecting, I see the point on both sides.


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Daniel,CPC
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:58 PM
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I’m getting conflicting views on this service.



Percutaneous Tracheostomy



I’m reading that this cannot be coded with CPT 31600 because it’s not a traditional Tracheostomy, and to use CPT 31600 and 31622 w/mod 52 or CPT 31899 (unlisted).

Per this article: http://www.supercoder.com/articles/a...-tracheostomy/


But than I read in Coding for Chest Medicine (Pulmonary Critical Care Sleep) book that this service is to be coded with CPT 31600 and CPT 31622 w/mod 59.



Which one is everyone else selecting, I see the point on both sides.


Thanks
Daniel,CPC

Does anyone have any information on which codes are indeed used for a percutaneous tracheostomy?

I can not find anything expect for the above article that Daniel mentioned in early 2010, however the article is from 1999 and as a new coder just learning, I have no idea what might have changed in these descriptions since this article was written.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:40 AM
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Default Tracheostomy

Percutaneous means "effected throught the skin; describes the application of a medicated ointment by friction or the removal or injection of a fluid by needle.

I would use cpt code 31601 if the person is over 2 yrs old

There should be only code to be used; it is going to be 31600 OR 31601 for this type of procedure.

I hope this help you out.
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