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dwaldman

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What is the appropriate method for coding catheter placement? I have found it easier to use the name of the catheter but I have been told this is the wrong method. Please help.

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When coding catheters and ports you do not code based on the brand name of the catheter or on the number of lumens.

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Saw the above in CPT Assistant 97
 

hgolfos

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Are you referencing a catheter or a double lumen tube for one lung ventilation?

if the latter you would just choose the appropriate ASA code (ie the one that includes one lung ventilation in the description)
 
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