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    What should be the code for the following procedure?

    The patient's chest tube was flushed with saline. A mixture of
    Bleomycin and Lidocaine was injected into the chest tube. The chest tube
    is left clamped for 1 hour and is to be evaluated in 1 hour.
    Prabha CPC

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    It sounds like it's a declotting procedure??? Look as 32560.

    Diane Huston, CPC,RCC

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    I may be wrong on this. The subject says pleurodesis but the report may be something else like an E&M code.

    Anyone else?

    Diane Huston, CPC,RCC

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    Opinions posted on the RBMA coding forum suggest E&M.

    Diane Huston, CPC,RCC

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    I think we can bill 49424.

    Please correct me if iam wrong.

    Joseph Amalraj CPC-H

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    Pleurodesis is achieved by putting one of any number of chemicals agents like sclerosants into the pleural space. The sclerosant irritates the pleurae which results in inflammation and causes the pleurae to adhere. Commonly used sclerosants is bleomycin .here the whole procedure is not mentioned but still it is a pleurodesis only so can bill 32560
    Last edited by rajalakshmir; 05-22-2009 at 05:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajalakshmir View Post
    Pleurodesis is achieved by putting one of any number of chemicals agents like sclerosants into the pleural space. The sclerosant irritates the pleurae which results in inflammation and causes the pleurae to adhere. Commonly used sclerosants is bleomycin .here the whole procedure is not mentioned but still it is a pleurodesis only so can bill 32560
    Yes she is perfectly correct

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