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    Default Port documentation

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    I am just getting my feet wet with interventional radiology, trying to broaden my scope of knowledge.

    I am looking at some audits our company is doing and am confused. 36569 vs 36571, I know the only difference is 36571 includes the port. I personally have had a port,so I am familiar with them. My question is does the documentation always say with port? I am finding notes that say power injectable PICC line.

    I need to differentiate between the two procedures based on documentation and the more I read, the more confused I get. The notes say the power injectable PICC line was introduced. I am just lost, does that mean it was a port?

    Thank you so much!


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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default We require phrase "with port"

    We require our surgeons to specify "with port" if that's what they inserted.

    If they do not specify "with port" we will code line insertion without port.

    Same thing with "tunneled" ... if it doesn't specify "tunneled" we don't code it.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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