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    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

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    Apr 2007
    Aurora, IL


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

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    Apr 2007
    Bangor, Maine


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

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    Apr 2007


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

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    Albany, New York


    Karen Maloney, CPC
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    Thank you all for your responses -- very helpful!

    Alisa, CPC

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    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

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    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.

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

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