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    Question Hospital Outpatient Radiology dept. removing tunneled catheter

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    Our radiology dept. removed a tunnelled catheter in which there is not cpt code that can be added - unless we use the miscellaneous - 32999 - MCR allows 352.38.

    Can we build E/M charges for rad to use in these instances or should we bill the miscellanous codes associated with the type tube being pulled?

    Thank you.

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    Did you look at 36589 or 36590? Would either of those work for you?

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    Did they use ultrasound? We need more info to find a code for this.

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    Default Hospital outpatient radiology department billing for catheter removal

    Well this is not a central, but coming out of the chest cavity. Theres no code for this, unless we bill 32999, which I don’t think is right. We were thinking about building an E&M code for stuff like this. For instance, we do dressing changes in this department. How would we bill that. Interesting.

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