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  1. Question Insert Central Venous Catheter
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    I have a a Pulmonary doctor who is called to the hopital to insert CV lines (subclavian) and I am having a problem with Medicare paying code 36556 beacuse of the LMRP for this code. It is not being done for hemodialysis. Any suggestions on getting this paid?

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    Default 36556
    What diagnosis code did you submit on the claim?

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    We have had several claims some of the dx codes have been 038.9, 507.0,511.8

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    We use diagnosis code 459.81 for venous insufficiency because that is usually the reason the cath is being placed and then add the other codes. It works for us.

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    Thanks for your help. I will try it that way, Medicare just drives me nuts sometimes.

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