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    Question Thoracentesis of both lobes

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    Our IR Radiologist has performed a Thoracentesis on both right and left lobes. Being that the CPT code description doesnt state 1 or 2 lobes, would it be appropriate to code 32421, 32421-59, 76942, 76942-59?

    Thanks in advance for any input!

    Candy S. CPC, CPC-H

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    I would agree with reporting 2 units of 32421 however only one unit of 76942. CPT 76942 should only be billed once per patient encounter (Medicare's CCI manual) , it generates an MUE when more than 1 unit is charged on a given date of service.

    Hope this helps,
    Anthony McCallum, CPC, CIRCC, CPC-I, CCS

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    Thank you so much for the insight! I really appreciate it!

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