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Abscess Drainage and Catheter Placement

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    I need some help when a patient comes in for an abscess drainage and subsequently has a catheter placed in that abscess. Do you code both the drainage( eg 49061) and the placement ( 49420 )?

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    49061 (retroperitoneal drainage) includes the placement of the catheter. I assume you mean the catheter was placed in the same session.

    Diane Huston, CPC,RCC

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