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    Our surgeon placed a port-a-cath and listed the dx as Difficult IV Access. I cannot find anything to use for this dx. I was thinking of a complication code but am still not having any luck. Does anyone have any suggestions??
    Mary Beth Gord, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Aurora, IL


    My surgeons use that dx all the time and there is no ICD-9 code for it. I always use the actuall illness that is requiring the IV access such as sepsis or hypotension, etc. Hope that helps.
    Chrissy, CPC

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    Apr 2007


    That is what I usually do but this one in particular had so many and we have just moved over to electronic billing so I'm a little on edge and second guessing what I'm doing.
    Thanks for your help!!
    Mary Beth Gord, CPC

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