Results 1 to 9 of 9

Port-a-cath, port removal

  1. Default Port-a-cath, port removal
    Medical Coding Books
    Does anyone know the correct cpt code to use for removal of a port-a-cath, port only? I am considering 36590 with a 52 modifier or possibly 37799 "unlisted procedure, vascular surgery."

    Thank you,
    Alisa, CPC

  2. #2
    36590 is the correct code, you don't need to use any modifiers.
    Chrissy, CPC

  3. #3
    I agree with Chrissy, I just coded one that way this morning.

  4. #4
    what dx do you use when reporting a removal of port ?

  5. #5
    Albany, New York
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

  6. Default
    Thank you all for your responses -- very helpful!

    Alisa, CPC

  7. Default Teri CPC
    On the 36590 if I use general sedation instead of moderate can I still use that code? What code would you use if the cath is non tunneled

  8. Default
    The type of sedation doesn't affect the code for the port removal; the moderate sedation symbol just means that you can't bill separately for moderate sedation services by the surgeon. Removal of a non-tunneled cath is a visit code.

  9. Default
    If the removal of a port-a-cath happens during the global period, would that be a post-op visit?

Similar Threads

  1. port-A-Cath removal dx?
    By BFAITHFUL in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-15-2011, 08:45 PM
  2. port of cath removal dx ?
    By codedog in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-31-2010, 01:27 AM
  3. Removal of IV fluid Port-a-Cath
    By pcordill in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-22-2010, 09:44 AM
  4. Port-a-cath dx
    By Jarts in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-09-2009, 09:43 AM
  5. Removal embolized port a cath using snare
    By Bellaboo in forum Cardiology
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-19-2008, 08:35 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.