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    Can someone please give me some CPT assitance. I believe I should code this report with 47525, 75984,47999, and 99144 but I am not sure.

    The patient was placed on table in supine position.
    Monitored conscious sedation was administered for 30 minutes.
    The indwelling right internal/external biliary drainage
    catheter and surrounding skin were prepped and draped in sterile fashion.
    Local anesthesia was infused at the entry site. Small amount of contrast
    was introduced via the catheter to opacify the biliary system. The
    indwelling 8 French internal/external biliary drainage catheter was
    exchanged out over an Amplatz guidewire. A 6 French Balkan sheath was
    then advanced across the occluded segment of the distal common bile duct
    at the enteric anastomosis. Cytology brush was advanced to the Balkan
    sheath and positioned across the occluded segment and brushings obtained.
    To cytology brushes were utilized in series. Both were processed inside
    light for cytopathology. Next, the Balkan sheath was exchanged out over
    the Amplatz wire for a new 8 French internal/external biliary drain. The
    distal loop was formed within the jejunum in the proximal side holes
    positioned along the common hepatic duct and extending into the central
    aspect of the right intrahepatic bile duct. Catheter was flushed and
    returned to external gravity drainage. The catheter was secured at the
    skin with suture of 2-0 Ethilon an sterile dressing applied. Patient
    tolerated the procedure well. No complication was encountered.

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    As far as coding the cytologic brushings I posted a similar question to this a while back and was told…

    According to SIR, Cpt editorial panel and CMS states that "endoscopy codes" are considered accurate for discribing codes 47552 - 47556, done either endoscopically or percutaneously.

    (Society of Interventional Radiology's Coding Users' Guide on Pgs. 126-7 on the use of "scopy")

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    Per the Interventional Radiology Coding Users' Guide for 2009 codes 47552-47556 are to be considered the accurate codes for describing these services whether performed percutaneously or by endoscopic approach.

    I'm thinking 47552 for this one...along with 75984/47525

    Biliary endoscopy, percutaneous via T-tube or other tract; diagnostic, with or without collection of specimen(s) by brushing and/or washing (separate procedure)

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    Thank you.

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