removal of a port in the office setting

pam2004

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Is this service reported with an E/M code or 36590? I thought I had read an article indicating that it is billed as an E/M code. Thanks for any reply.
 

Treetoad

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Per CPT Assistant Dec 2004, if it's a "non-tunnelled" port-a-cath, the service is inherent to the E&M service. There would be more work involved with the "tunnelled" port-a-cath, you could charge for the procedure code.
 
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