32551 tube thoracostomy

jewlz0879

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Can you bill for chest tube (32551) when done through a separate incision on the contralateral side of an open procedure?

I know NCCI says it is bundled when performed on the same patient, same encounter with an open procedure but I was wondering about contralateral.

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lisammy

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Would kind of depend on the reason. If the pt had a left VATS for a lung mass and then they put in a rt chest tube for right sided pleural effusion, then i would say yes with a -59 and a seperate dx.
 
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