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    Question Central Venous Lines

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    My doc did an exploratory lap and placed 2 central lines (1 in the r femoral and 1 in the r subclavian). What modifiers do I use on the 2 central lines?
    I coded 49000
    Insurance co is denying the one with the 51.

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    HI Denise,

    I am not sure that I would use a modifier for these lines. I would make my units 2 when posting. The lines have no global, so I don't think you need any modifiers. I hope this helps? Thanks.


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    Default Central Venous Lines

    Hi Denise,

    I know in Florida Medicare does not like the 51 modifier on CPT code 36556. I would have coded 49000, 36556, and 36556-59. For commerical insurance I would have billed it the way you did.


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