chest tube CPT code

ajamieson458

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Hello all, a provider did a chest tube for tension pneumothorax and the CPT code that I found was 32551. But it is saying that 32550 This procedure code is not in your fee schedule. Please select another code. Please help.
 

amsmith

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My understanding is that 32551 is a traditional chest tube. 32550 is used for a permanent chest tube e.g. PleurX often used for cancer patient with chronic pleural effusion as a comfort and convenience measure. I hope this information is helpful.
 
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